circular concept city by kaleidoscope nordic utilizes land's natural resources in norway

Aug 30, 2021

architecture office kaleidoscope nordic introduces ‘powered by ulsteinvik’, a concept city proposal in norway that utilizes local natural resources to generate a pleasing environment for people to live and work in. the future-oriented project takes shape as a ‘smart hub’ with urban functions and various multifunctional facilities right next to the sea. the proposal establishes a network of public institutions and private organizations, housing a city hall, a business hub, a public café, and a 24-hour innovation lab at the same time. the ultimate goal is to strengthen the existing infrastructure by combining smart grids, green buildings, shared cultivation spaces, and electric self-driving buses.

all images courtesy of kaleidoscope nordic and KVANT-01

‘powered by ulsteinvik’ by kaleidoscope nordic aims to create a fascinating place of life and work, while leveraging land’s natural energy. the proposal integrates ‘circular neighborhoods’, a new residential typology equipped with circulation systems and shared cultivation facilities that collect rainwater from the roof and use it throughout the apartments. reclaimed water provides nutrient-rich water for flowers and vegetables planted on balconies as well as in the shared greenhouse — the ‘grow house’. this ‘grow house’ is equipped with a large kitchen where residents can gather, cook and eat together.

‘generation gardens’ are also included within the city, providing a facility shared by kindergartens, youth clubs, nursing care facilities, and medical offices. there is also an outdoor area with a courtyard where children can play safely, while bringing further vitality to the environment. kaleidoscope nordic brings the heart of a car-reliant city to life with only minor improvements, such as creating new gatherings, better sea connections, and improved pedestrian accessibility.

project info:

name: powered by ulsteinvik architects: kaleidoscope nordic location: norway illustrations: KVANT-01