Arveset farm - Reinterpretation of historic farm buildings. C.F. Møller. Photo: Roberto Di Trani

Arveset farm - Reinterpretation of historic farm buildings

Arveset is a historic farm that dates from 1849, when much of Oslo was still agricultural land. The farm is now a residential centre for the homeless and part of a major project that preserves a number of Oslo's historically important arable farms.
 Arveset farm - Reinterpretation of historic farm buildings. C.F. Møller. Photo: Nils Petter Dale


Oslo Municipality, Boligbygg Oslo KF


Moelven ByggModul AS


Oslo, Norway


500 m²




1st prize in competition. 2013


Haandverkerne AS


Boro Bygg AS


C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

  • 1st prize in competition. 2013

The project reinterprets two farm buildings torn down in the past – the stable and the carriage shed. The design expression and size correspond to the original building mass but make no attempt to conceal their new destiny.

The shape, proportions, choice of materials and colours have been deliberately selected to give a sturdy and coordinated look.

The façades are clad with a mixture of vertical and horizontal wooden panels in different widths, in English red. Like the remaining cladding, the sheet metal roofing of the stable makes distinct historical references. The roof of the carriage shed is made with the original tiles.

Along the façades, tall windows give vibrancy, variation and light ingress to the dwellings. The open-plan living rooms are bright with generous flow of daylight. All the apartments have rugged interiors and security alarms.

The project showcases and enhances Arvesets cultural identity and brings a new meaning to the historical setting - as home for 15 persons who are challenged with substance abuse and mental health conditions.

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