The line between work, study and leisure is about to become even more blurred. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the landscape in which we live has changed, with working and studying remotely being a normality for many. Our offices and study rooms will become more mobile which brings us to the question of how student living will look in the future. Diagonale consists of offices and student housing and is being described as an integral part of modern Oslo - let's find out why.
What will be important for student housing? Being close to lecture halls and university campus' will probably not be at the top of the priority list - the pandemic has made us more flexible when it comes to the physical infrastructure of teaching. However, one of the most important aspects for student living will remain physical spaces that encourage social interaction.
Tenants at Diagonale are right in the centre of a city centre that thrives with a wide range of culture, shopping and restaurants with the building being as located as centrally as it gets. Besides being in the city centre, tenants also get access to their own private oasis - a large roof top terrace. From there you get a beautiful view of the entire city.
According to studies, students living in urban area has a positive affect on city living. Student housing is a tool for sustainable cities and they create life, safety and movement. Not only do students get to be right in the centre of the city, they are also close to nature. A few minutes away from Diagonale they can rent a kayak, go swimming or take a hike in Ekebergsparken to experience nature and culture. There's also the possibility for urban agriculture.
Diagonale consists of two blocks. One is a nine storey office building with the other being student housing with 308 suites. They are bound together through a lower floor with communal facilities such as parking. Solid materials and well thought concepts have been utilised throughout. The offices achieved the BREEAM-NOR certification "Very Good" and both blocks achieve energy class A.
Architect: Lund Hagem Arkitekter, Atelier Oslo
WICONA solutions: WICTEC EL SK (based on WL75)
Pictures: bygg.no v/ Arve Brekkhus