Viel Bjerkeset Andersen | The Halo
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The Halo

About This Project

A sculptural roundabout, themed on circulation and time; different circles with various centres within an ellipse.

The circular shapes, both on the ground and the floating halo, accentuate one’s encounter with a place that centers on a traffic circle principal. One receives the signal well ahead of time about what one is to encounter.

The tram’s path cuts the circle and is visualised by a clear track through the sculpted shape on the ground. It’s important the tram’s bisection is clearly legible for motorists and other users without being too dominant in the space.

The various levels of the circle; at ground level a sculpted dish shape slopes down, Stortingsgate, while the floating circle, “ the Halo”, describes the horizontal. The relationship between the two planes, gives the roundabout height.

The surroundings are ‘drawn’ in by the reflective granite surfaces, conveying a varied effect from the otherwise immutable ground surfacing.

The floating halo is the first thing one sees from a distance: during the day shiny and reflective like metal, at night luminous and present.

 

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Year

2005

In Short

The National Theatre public transport node, Central Oslo

Size and Materials

The Halo; ø 11 meter
Selfsupporting truss system in the centre, LED-lights behind translucent and reflective sheets.
Traffic Island; granite of various colours and black, polished stone markers.

Further information

Client: Statens Vegvesen/ Norwegian Public Roads Administration Developed in partnership with Arkitektskap AS w/Are Røysamb

Category

Infrastructure, Parks/places