The Munch Brygge housing project is located in central Oslo between the Oslo Opera House and the new Munch Museum.
Vestre was asked to provide products from its seating and table ranges for the four roof terraces of the buildings, which are intended for use by the community. These communal areas create outdoor spaces of varying size for the benefit of all residents.
The challenge for designers was to create a space that could be used by everyone, whether individually or as part of a larger group with space to move around in. As such, some of the outdoor areas only have one seat, while others have long tables and lots of seating.
The furniture selected included the BLOC sun bench, which provides a specific zone for relaxing, as well as FORUM tables and APRIL GO chairs, used to create social zones. The APRIL GO chairs also offer greater flexibility since they can be moved, stacked and arranged as required. They are also designed to withstand heavy use and all types of weather and wind conditions. The seating has even been wind-tested by SINTEF and can withstand 16-17 m/s before it starts to move, which is particularly important on roof terraces and other spaces exposed to the elements.
The project was awarded the Oslo Association of Architects’ (Oslo Arkitektforening) Architecture Prize in 2019, and has received many positive reviews in some of Norway’s largest periodicals and newspapers, including Arkitektur N, Aftenposten and Morgenbladet.