Together with Norwegian holding company Ferd, Snøhetta has delivered a proposal for the future development of the NRK Marienlyst district in Oslo. The proposed concept has high ambitions for a sustainable and holistic development of the district, including the landmarked Broadcasting House (“Kringkastinghuset”).
NRK is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company, and the largest media organization in Norway. For the last eighty years, the headquarter has been located at Marienlyst in central Oslo with the Broadcasting House as the main building within the campus. Following NRK’s announcement that it is planning to relocate within a few years, new ideas for how to use the historic site are being developed.
Ferd and Snøhetta’s proposed concept is named “Lyst”, reflecting on the name Marienlyst. Lyst can be loosely translated to “want” or “desire”, but it also means “light” in Norwegian. In this way, Lyst represents the ambition to create a desirable location for the public, which is filled with light and joy. The idea is to turn the preserved landmarked Broadcasting House into a public gazebo – a “lysthus” in Norwegian – to the benefit of the population of Oslo and beyond.
The development proposal aims to establish Marienlyst as a sustainable and multifunctional district focusing on accessibility, high quality housing, attractive commercial real estate and a diverse range of activities within culture and sports.
The roof of the Broadcasting House will have solar panels, providing clean energy to the site.
The proposal also considers the possible transformation and temporary use of several buildings at the site, including the Broadcasting House and the underground parking lot.
The development proposal includes an ambitious plan for promoting environmentally friendly modes of transportation, prioritizing walking and bicycle paths and sharing arrangements for bicycles and cars. It also includes plans for turning the Broadcasting House – the gazebo – into a “plus house”, meaning that it should produce more clean energy than the energy it consumes.