The Restaurant Onda by Pal & Ness is the result of an open international architectural competition for a restaurant building on the Tingvalla pier at Aker Brygge, Oslo. The winning proposal by Norwegian Alliance arkitekter and Danish architects MAPT is the first project in a planned modernization of Aker Brygge.
VISION The architects wanted to design a sustainable building with a strong symbolic value.The building has no given front or back and offers a high degree of flexibility both on the inside and outside. The pier can still be perceived and used as public space and as a multi-purpose area for various cultural and recreational activities.
WOODEN FACADE The characteristic wooden facade, a ribbon, in the shape of a wave, gives the building a distinct identity. Inspired by the maritime surroundings and the Norwegian tradition of wooden construction, the multipurpose room takes its organic shape from the aesthetical language of a boat hull.
The main entrance faces south and overlooks the harbor and the fjord. The transparency of the base and the flowing shape strengthens the connection between the pier and promenade. Extensive use of wood, a renewable and environmental friendly material, is the main sustainable feature. The wooden ribbon has Kebony cladding, which is also used on the pier. The wooden ribbon floats above the glass wall and pier surface, framing a horizontal view to the fjord and harbor. The view, the city and the fjord are present everywhere.The ability to move freely between the outside and inside is preserved in several directions of the building, by glass doors.
CONTEXT The building’s different functions are enveloped in a simple shape with a clear identity and the building forms a natural addition to the site. All service functions are gathered in a central core on the ground floor. The core occupies a small concentrated area, allowing the rest of the building to be flexible and comprising of larger rooms.
MATERIALS The interior is largely influenced by the structural elements. The inside of the wooden ribbon is continuous and with ash cladding, which is also used in stairs. The floor is polished concrete, and the glass wall is mounted with minimal joints for maximum transparency. The mezzanine is hung from the roof construction, with a glass railing that mirrors the aesthetics of the ground floor glass wall.
THE RESTAURANT The restaurant is a result of a collaborative process in which many parties have contributed to the main concept. Most of the design ideas from the competition entry have been achieved.
”Our hope is that Onda can join the ranks of the many great and independent restaurant buildings that have contributed to the built environment of the Oslo Fjord, and that the shape can stand as an expression of our time and a proud reminder of our maritime traditions.”