Mandal Slipway Housing Complex

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter




Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The “Slippen” housing complex is located in the district of Lower Malmø, at the exit of Mandalselva in the Mannefjord. The town of Mandal has some very special qualities with its location where the river meets the sea, and a stunningly beautiful timber architecture.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Lower Malmø on the eastern side of the river has historically been an industrial area, but this is currently under development and will in future become a vital part of Mandal’s vibrant city life.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The project is iconic with its unique roof forms and minimal window details, while at the same time evoking the character of the local surroundings, taking its inspiration from the unique character of Mandal: the encounter between timber construction and the open sea.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The architecture is steeped in local vernacular building traditions, but with a new and modern interpretation. The project organizes four residential buildings around a common outdoor area. A longer building is located to the north along Ballastgata. Towards the riverfront, there are three smaller residential buildings.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

These are generously spaced apart; providing ample visibility from all the apartments towards the ocean, as well as letting plenty of sunlight into the common outdoor areas. This first phase of the development contains 46 apartments divided into 16 different types.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The size of the apartments ranges from 65m2 up to 175m2. All apartments have balconies and some rooms are double height mezzanines. All the penthouse apartments have private roof terraces. The project is fully in accordance with Norwegian requirements for universal design.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The buildings have traditional pitched roofs inspired by the local building traditions of southern Norway. The facades and roofs are clad in untreated cedar with balconies facing southwest. Great emphasis has been placed on the relationship between the outdoor spaces and the shared building functions.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

All the apartment layouts are highly effective and well organized, placing great emphasis on the provision of daylight, open views and good flow between the indoor and outdoor facilities.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Photo Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

All drainpipes, door and window frames and other exterior components have been carefully designed to be as discreet and delicate as possible, which has given the houses a clean and sharp design language. Source by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter.

Mandal Slipway Housing Complex
Site Plan
  • Location: Mandal, Norway
  • Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Client: Laksesoben Eiendom AS
  • Program: Housing complex of four buildings for 46 apartments
  • Size: 7.900 m2
  • Completed: 2016
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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