Allotment gardening has been growing in popularity over the past several years. In a historical context the allotment gardens were established to facilitate private food production and to provide relaxing green spaces allowing city and apartment dwellers to enjoy the benefits of gardening and to foster a spirit of community.
Skåtøy is located in the southern part of Norway and is the biggest island in the municipal of Kragerø. With its green and lush nature, warm bays, forests and mountains the island is a popular destination for tourists during summer.
The main driving forces behind the design of the Skåtøy Allotment garden are to produce food and offer recreation by the archipelago, which is why the 18 allotment cabins are surrounded by fruit groves, trails and bridges.
The ecological and sustainable ambitions of the project are manifested through the choice of materials minimizing the need for maintenance and enhancing a natural patination. This means natural greying wood, large glass facades, zinc roofing and small, painted windows.
Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life.
To facilitate a sustainable energy use there will be possibilities for southern facing solar-panel systems on the roof connected to batteries and additional heating from furnaces.