Jonas Gunerius Larsen (1986) is a Norwegian architect who has a penchant for hand drawing.
Kolonihagen (“The Allotment Garden”) is a project investigating an alternative form of settlement based on a grid system. The grid is an “overarching principle that consumes the site, the infrastructure and organizing the totality“, but it allows a dynamic evolution of scenarios and stories to develop.
The scenery is 35 000 m2 of cultivated wilderness situated near a highway at the industrial outskirts of Oslo. Three abandoned farmhouses serve as common space for the allotments with woodwork shop, greenery and a common house. Paths forms a grid consisting of rectangular plots (9 x 9 meters) covering the site. Pipelines suspended beneath walkways provides water to each plot driven by pumps located at the common house’s basement. Small concrete pillars confine a more refined masking within the grid providing structural foundation for the new settlers. The grid represents the collective and the plots the individual needs. Hypotheses, sketches and small-scale solutions within each allotment is the surface product of the project. But underneath this a intertwined and complex process changed grid and allotments simultaneously.
The framework of the project allows for the transformation of the buildings and the evolution of public space, a process where “the tiny dynamic parts challenge and even dissolve the boundaries of the assumed static grid“.
The drawings represent three different scales of the project: The Masterplan (img 1-5), The Field (img 6-7), and The Shed (img 8-18), each corresponding to a different hand-drawing technique.