Trondheim NO

Type Open idea competition 2013, purchase
Client Norske Arkitekters Landsforbund
Size 5000 m2
Status Completed


Rjukan is a small town located by the river Måna. Rjukans genesis is closely related to the use of the water flowing in Måna making the power of water an important part of the identity of the city. The area is going through a transformation from industry to tourism community, and the central but outdated square of Rjukan is brought forward to present day. 


Due to the height of the mountains Rjukan is cloaked in shadow most of the day. Therefore a solar mirror reflecting daylight down to the square is established to create a better atmosphere for stays and relaxation. Based on the needs of young and old the square becomes Rjukan’s meeting place as well as the cultural, recreational and social centre. The residents meet up for events, concerts and celebrations, and coffee can be enjoyed during warm weather at the outdoor tables by the café.

The founder of the city, industrialist, engineer and chemist Sam Eyde is honored by moving his  statue to a more prominent location in the middle of the square.
The sun mirror reflects the light of the sun onto the Rjukan Square and the hanging prism in the northern part of the square. Besides the elliptical sunspot on the site, the prism creates small spots of light on the pavement. By activating of the sun mirror the entire urban space changes character.
The scenic views are integrated in the square
The stage creates a foundation for new activities and provides a purpose for gathering people on the square. During winter the ice skating area will be the main attraction.
A new pavilion and outdoor serving area is placed on the square to create a framework for urban life.
New trees link the square to the surrounding landscape
Urban furniture creates the posibility for stay and a varied city life.

Based on the potential of the city’s connection to the river the design of the paving reflects movement of the water. The pattern is a tribute to the flow of water being forced through rotating turbines. Turbulent flows are

accelerated, met, repelled and thrown around the square furniture in dynamic flow patterns. The paving is stretched out between the facades and adjacent streets cementing the square as the gathering point of the city.