Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Architect team
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42,000 m2 new construction and 7000 m2 rehabilitation


Preliminary phase June 2012

The Department of Health and Care Services (HOD) has decided that the Public Health Institute (FHI) will centralize all of its activities at Lindern, Oslo.

The development will mainly be new build, and this requires the demolition of existing buildings: animal stables, the virologi building and kindergarten. The buildings from about 1930 which face Ring 2 (ring road) are protected and shall be renovated to today's standards. The Institute also has a newer laboratory building Lovisenberggata 6 (L6). This will continue with its existing functions and is not part of the project.

The Public Health Institute's vision is "A healthier people." This high ambition is to be reflected in a new progressive national center to promote and facilitate for the functions of this organization. The new facility for the Public Health Institute (FHI) in Oslo will help to create a new identity for the institution as workplace, meeting place and as part of the city. The architecture will contribute to this vision and create good spaces and a physical environment with the best possible conditions for human performance, activity and interaction both inside and outside.

The project for the new FHI will also have a special focus on the environment, with an overall goal that the new building will exceed regulatory requirements on completion. This will require a high degree of innovation in the development of integrated environmental solutions, both for the building structure, organization and internal environment, and will provide important guidelines for architecture and expression.

The brief from Health and Care Services (HOD) sets a ceiling on the current and planned buildings at 60 000m2. To meet any future needs for expansion, a new regulatory plan for the area is required. Work on this plan is being undertaken concurrently with the draft project.
In addition to the spatial frame, the HOD set high standards for energy / environment, flexibility / generality and universal design. The buildings will be sober, but also have high technical quality and functionality. They will be built with a high degree of generality that provide flexible solutions to meet the expectation of future changes in the business. The solutions must be robust at all levels - from the main structure and technical infrastructure to room layout. One clear requirement is that the operations of Lindern be maintained during construction as far as possible, which also provides guidelines for the project.

Rendering: Mir
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