Project Farverikvartalet
Location Gjøvik, Norway
Programme Residential
Status Designed
Brief With unique architecture that goes against the norm, we not only wanted to create a strong identity for Gjøvik, but also build an attractive place to live in that has the potential of becoming a trademark of the city. Inspired by nature and organic movements, the project will become the new focal point of Gjøvik. With its modern aesthetics, the design interprets the local context and history by working with red bricks and incorporating more industrial touches into the design including black steel, which forms the outer frame of the building, accentuated by warmer touches of wood.
Collaborators JAF Arkitektkontor

A good neighbourhood and life

What creates a good neighbourhood?

Good districts consist of many different qualities that, together, form the frame for a good life. Common to all of them is that these livable districts must be one destination for all; a place where people can imagine themselves living, travelling to or staying put in the long-term.

To us, a good neighbourhood has a strong local atmosphere, identity and soul. This notion was our central focus – an ambitious goal that would create the best prerequisites for a new housing alternative, not just here, but for all of Gjøvik.

Open spaces where all are welcome

Consisting of a wide range of open spaces, connected by the main area and park, the building is designed to be welcoming and open, a lively destination, filled with cafés, an exhibition space and gallery, all catering to various interests and needs. Meanwhile, the transition between river and city allows visitors to move down towards lush green spaces near the park to take a walk or relax in nature.

The idea was that open courtyards would be created as a piece of the natural, surrounding landscape that allows for good lighting conditions on the square and houses as well as invites everyone into the square, those that live here and those merely passing by.

Consisting of large cliffs and varying types of grass with slender birch trees, the landscape is rugged and wild, designed for minimum upkeep and maintenance.


Farverikvartalet will offer a variety of housing types. With a mix of lower, ground-floor residences that boast extra large room height of up to 5m and stunning views of the river, a selection of penthouse apartments of up to 130 m2 will also be available, featuring large, private terraces.

The remaining and main 3-bedroom apartments are between 75-85 m2 and flooded with light while, to a lesser extent, 2-bedroom apartments are around 50 and 60 m2.


Experienced through an inner and outer side, where the latter will be more robust and industrial with black-painted elements and a plain red brick facade, the inner elements, in contrast, will be of warmer tones and woods. It is this contrasting use of materials that will create a varied experience of the building, but Farverikvartalet itself will also be perceived differently depending on from where it’s seen in town. Together, their continuous and fluid movements adapt beautifully and harmoniously into its surroundings.