Resell+Nicca has been hired by a farmer in Drammen for the task of drawing a new office building for his businesses. The company is run by the farmer and his wife and sons, and operates within three areas: pig production, property development (where former farmland is transformed into areas for housing and leisure), and salmon farming. The new building will be the headquarters for all these businesses, and gather them under one roof. The house will be built next to the existing production facilities on the farm at Nedre Knive in Drammen, on a plot that has wide and beautiful views of the fjord.
One of the main challenges has been to make a project that is relating to qualities in two opposite directions - the fjord to the north and the sun to the south.
The building consists of two wings with sheltered rooms, connected by an open common area. The roof covering the common area will be built by pre-fabricated elements that are connected on the building site, while the wings will be built as pre-fabricated modules. The latter has been a challenge since modules to be transported on the road have a size limit of 16 meters length, 4.2 meters width, and 3.5 meters height. At first glance this was not consistent with the intention of opening up the project in two directions, but we eventually came up with a solution where the modules are cut in an angle at the factory before transport and then re-assembled in a new constellation at the construction site - allowing the finished wing-modules to take on a different shape.
The constructive logic of the project is built around an equilateral triangle, where all angles are 60 degrees, and all sides are equally long (2 meters). All the central load bearing elements in the project fit into this system.
Modelwork: Stud. Arch Bjørnar Andersen