An indoor piazza renovated in Norway
Renovation of an historically listed building can be tricky especially when the building is more than 100 years old.
An historic covered market in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, has been restored to its original glory while adding modern features in lighting, green plants and water mirrors.
The market hall is an historically-listed building called Østbanehallen when it was built in 1882. The new hall, called "Ø", is now a kind of indoor "piazza" where people gather to meet, shop and eat.
Modernising such an old and historic buidling was seen as a challenging renovation project, so ÅF was selected to be the technical consultant for heating, ventillation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions and for electrical installations and lighting.
The new hall has many eateries, placing a great demand on ventilation systems. The lighting concept "sunrise" is a concept implemented in both the indoor and outdoor lighting plan. The goal has been to merge the feeling of sunrise in the old hall with the modern expression of the interiors.
The new hall "Ø" was re-opened in 2014.