Asker City Centre is the heart of one of the strongest municipalities in the country, uniquely connected by motorway, local and regional trains as well as directly to the OSL airport with the airport express train. Asker is prone to redefine its position and growth potential amidst the cities from Drammen to OSL Gardermoen. The cities and locations along the corridor have redefined themselves as attractive living, office and /or shopping destinations. Asker, traditionally the bigger brother, is lacking behind, while its neighbours have experienced substantial growth after re-branding themselves.
It is time for Asker to reposition itself as an attractive city and centre for living, work and leisure. Asker has some of the most resourceful populations in the country, but does not offer much extra in terms of urban attractions for its workforce and inhabitants.
Trekanten and Asker are closely linked. Trekanten forms the spine of Asker City Centre, as a successful city and shopping destination, connected to culture, parking and the station within the small scale pattern holding the city together.
Trekanten has been, and is, a success. Not because of, but in spite of, its physical appearance. Trekanten, and thereby Askers position as a retail destination, is threatened by recent or expected redevelopments at Sandvika, Liertoppen and Holmen. Now, Trekanten has the opportunity to make a quantum leap forward, redefining itself and the city as an entirely new destination for shopping, city life and as an attractive working environment.
Asker City Centre is unique as a suburban centre, as a mainly pedestrian city, with a city scale and city life to be strengthened and developed.
Our strategy for the New Trekanten is to build on the existing, yet create something entirely new. To enhance and develop the retail as an integrated part of the city, expanding the urban streetscape that makes up Asker City Centre, and introduce a new type of urban streetscape, the galleria, the passage, the green and all year attractive street network, the New Trekanten identity.
Today’s external steep and uninviting connections become comfortable covered gallerias, connecting the Town Hall and the park to the city centre in an uninterrupted, comfortable and green shopping street. The project is defined by Askers small scale architecture, expanding the pedestrian city. The surrounding streets are pulled into the shopping centre and connect the city at all levels. Dead end streets are opened to complete the urban fabric.
Trekanten is transformed from being on the edge of the city to becoming a part of the city.
The multi levelled shopping centre is strengthened by the topography. Strøket, Kirkeveien and Knud Askers vei are stitched together both within and along Trekanten. Insides are turned to outsides, back sides to new front sides, dead ends to continuous connections.
The New Trekanten, more Asker, more City, more Life!
Asker City Centre, Norway
Existing shopping centre
87 000 m2
Mixed use: shopping centre, offices, training, health etc.
Jens Noach, Adam Kurdahl, Naofumi Namba, Joao Vieira Costa, Tiago Sjøblom Tavares, Huyen Thuong Nguyen, Elise Gaare Ytterstad