The new three-storey development adds a current take on the classic style of the neighbourhood, presenting a clean, yet tastefully decorated facade.
The building derives its architectural nerve from a meeting of contrasts: facing the street, the plastered brick walls, cast iron-fenced balconies, and aedicule window frames are in line with the early 20th century style that dominates the area.
On the architecture, created by Oslo-based Mellbye Arkitektur AS, visitors are greeted by a space constructed with modern concrete and light steel elements. From the street level, escalators take shoppers to the first and basement levels, where open, glass-enveloped retail spaces await the stores that will fill the floors with enticing shopping experiences. An old bakery shop retained in the central part of the complex functions as a link between past and present.
The future belongs to innovative retailers. What’s important in modern retail is providing a new and genuinely different customer experience. At Valkyrien, we rethink the rules of bricks and mortar, aiming to create a multi-sensory experience that cannot be replicated online or imitated on the high street. This includes two large international store concepts and a variety of exciting Norwegian retailers.
This is an environment that speaks to the emotions, a place of discovery, where people want to hang out and drop by. Where they come for fun and entertainment, to be surprised. Supporting this forward-facing retail aspiration, the architectural style of Valkyrien combines elements old and new to create a unique experience for discerning shoppers.
A large high-end multibrand-boutique will materialize at the completion of Valkyrien. The exquisite shop will showcase a curated mix of of luxury, contemporary, sneakers and sport fashion designs from a range of international brands.
Kaffebrenneriet coffee bar, a much-loved time capsule hangout for locals, including best-selling author Jo Nesbø, who likes to write most of his work here, will re-open at its old location within the new premises of the Valkyrien project.
Vinmonopolet is also scheduled to open an exquisite beer, wine, and liquor specialty store in the vaults of the beautifully refurbished old bakery building.
Heaven Scent is a unique concept perfumery that hand-pick the best luxury, niche- and cult-brands from around the world and carry a carefully selected portfolio of fragrance, skincare, haircare, makeup, interior scent, jewellery and hair-accessories.
It is not a supermarket – it is a super market. At the lower floor of Valkyrien you will find a range of food shops selling everything from fresh delis, soups, home-made ice creams and exotic meals. Here you can hang-out for a bite to eat, relax whilst drinking a nice cup of coffee, grab your take-out on your way home or even cater your next dinner party.
Additional exciting retailers and culinary treats will be announced as the project nears completion.
Stores will be located on street level, first and basement floor, with shopfronts opening on to Valkyriegata, Bogstadveien, Sorgenfrigata, and Ole Vigsgate, for a total of approximately 6,500m2. Expected completion of the project is spring 2020.
The Valkyrien development features 55 luxury apartments, located on the floors above the retail spaces. Each residential unit is furnished with superior-quality materials that are allowed to shine.
The interiors of Valkyrien embody the simplicity of modernism with honest, tactile materials like wide plank floors that age beautifully over time. Kitchens and bathrooms carry the same ethos of quality and warmth, with the functional, modern approach to living that can be found throughout Valkyrien.
On the rooftop, the building's inhabitants can enjoy a beautiful green garden bathed in sunlight. Third storey apartments facing Valkyriegata have their own entrances from the green garden, while apartments on the fourth and fifth floors are organised as a mix of large city flats and townhouse lofts.
Additionally, the development features variations of two, three, and four room apartments overlooking both the urban buzz of Valkyrie Plass and the picturesque mountains in the distance.
In the charismatic courtyard – immortalised as the setting of the Norwegian film Elling – the existing apartments are fully renovated to the same ambitious standards set by the rest of the building. A palatial entrance from Ole Vigsgate leads to eight apartments with four rooms and balconies facing the rooftop garden, along with skylight windows to bathe the rooms in natural, Scandinavian light.
Valkyrien includes a new architectural build to complete the historic Carré block. Excellent materials and a façade design in keeping with the style of surrounding buildings add elegance and exclusivity to the building front. Large glass panes, spacious rooms, and exquisite kitchens and bathrooms offer extraordinary quality of living. Apartments in Sorgenfrigata 14 are accessed via a sheltered and idyllic courtyard. The modern apartments have lifts, balconies, and impeccable details and finishing within the framework of well-preserved historical qualities. Apartments in this courtyard embody a calm, soulful identity – within walking distance of the urban life of Majorstua.
"This unique project has given us lots of inspiration to create something new and thorough, where the old buildings meet current interiors with practical and thought-out solutions"
With more than 300 stores offering everything from fashion to home design and culinary temptations, Bogstadveien is Oslo's prime shopping street. It stretches from Parkveien on the south side of Oslo to Kirkeveien in the north.
The infrastructure of the area has recently undergone extensive upgrading in order to accommodate a new fleet of street cars. Majorstua will be the end station of Fornebubanen, connecting Majorstua to Skøyen, Lysaker, and Fornebu. By 2030, approximately 100.000 daily commuters are expected to use Majorstua station.
Twice a year, spring and summer, Bogstadveien is closed to motor traffic and transformed into an open-air street market attracting up to 100.000 visitors daily. Come Christmas, 40 enormous chandeliers light up the stretch all the way from Parkveien to Kirkeveien, casting a beautiful glow over the dusky Norwegian winter days.
Valkyrien is located on a charming and busy stretch of Bogstadveien. Here, you can enjoy the creative vibrancy of Oslo's downtown district, while casting your gaze at the mountain slopes of Holmenkollen in the not-so-far distance. If you've had enough of city life, a trip to the forested mountains is just a short drive away.
Beneath the pavement of Valkyrien Plass lies the abandoned metro station that bears the same name. The station opened in 1928 and was abandoned in 1985, when the subway trains were too long to fit along the station platform. The defunct station has recently been revived to national fame as a central setting in NRK's crime drama TV series, Valkyrien.
As one of Norway’s leading real estate companies, Fram Eiendom specialises in the acquisition and development of high quality properties, and on hands-on asset management. Fram Eiendom's real estate portfolio consists mostly of prime office and retail assets in the Oslo region.
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