Great cities are characterized by good buildings and integrated urban spaces
Vulkan is the name of the former industrial area on the western bank of Akerselva river, north of Møllerveien road. Since 2004, the area has been transformed and revitalized by Aspelin Ramm and Anthon B Nilsen property developers, based on an overall plan by LPO architects.
The area is a fusion of culture and creative businesses with schools, hotels, Oslo’s first food market hall, restaurants, bars, residential blocks, offices and shops, plus premises for concerts, dance and sport. This blend of people and activities makes Vulkan one of Oslo’s most vibrant and exciting new areas.
Vulkan is a full-scale example of sustainable urban development. Built upon the idea of sharing localities, equipment and resources, the area is virtually self-sufficient in energy for heating and cooling.
The project has received a number of awards including Betongelementprisen in 2012 for Vulkan’s southern quarter, Cityprisen in 2012, Narud Stokke Wiigs jubileumspris in 2011 and Oslo Venstres miljøpris in 2010 for the Bellona building. Mathallen has also received Olavsrosa from the Foundation for Norwegian Cultural Heritage. Oslo City Council was awarded the Norwegian government’s urban development prize on behalf of the Vulkan area in 2012.
Vulkan Eiendom has been a part of the Aspelin Ramm group since 2009. They own Dansens hus, Mathallen, Bellonahuset, Scenebygget (Vulkan Arena) and other commercial premises in the area through their subsidiary companies. Gamle Broverksted is owned by Anthon B Nielsen.