FROM A TRAFFIC INTERSECTION TO A SUSTAINABLE URBAN CITY CENTRE.

Økern city centre will become a genuinely promising city centre.

  • Having an overall and long term approach to the development of the city.
  • Having focus on urban sustainability, green mobility and public accessibility.  
  • Having prepared for great experiences.
  • Having a spotlight on activity and culture.
  • Having urban nature and greenery and great, smart homes.
  • Having trade, city ecology and a satisfying city life.

In this way we want to transform Økern from a traffic machine to a modern commercial intersection and a sustainable city centre with urban living qualities.

The district of Hovinbyen

Oslo's largest and most important development area.

The district of Hovinbyen is Oslo's biggest development area where 30-40,000 new apartment buildings are being planned, providing homes to 100,000 people. There is a 2.5 million square m2 area for trade and industry resulting in 50 – 100,000 new work places.

Having the main central city nearby makes Hovinbyen merely an extension of the main city centre. In area, Hovinbyen is the same size as Oslo's city centre within Ring 2 and stretches from Bjerke to the north as far as Bryn to the south, from Løren to the west as far as Breivoll to the east.

Hovinbyen is destined to link together Central Oslo and Grorud valley.

INFRASTRUCTURE IN HOVINBYEN

The analysis of planned and on-going projects in the area is showing a logical concentration of trade and industry towards the centre of Økern and Løren, with more homogenous housing facilities further away from the centre. This holds especially true for the Sinsen area and also the extensive residential estates at Ulven.

In the area towards Haraldsrud there is however a mixed combination of structures, with culture venues and offices located in between. To create a link with the hub of Økern, the small scale settlements of Risløkka and the urban features of Kabelgata will be important in giving the impression of a true centre.

Økern Sentrum will create a housing concept to the north side of the area resulting in a great dynamic and connecting Økern centre to the park behind.

Økern as a centre

Altogether 12,000 homes are being planned in the close vicinity of Økern centre. This is the city mass and context Økern centre will have as an iconic centre. With Ulven, Økern S, Hasle Linje, Gregers kvartal, Økern Torg, Kabelgata and Økern Centre more than 7,000 buildings housing around 15,000 people are being scheduled.

Below follows a selection of the most vital identity projects of the current area.

Økern as part of Oslo.

Real. Enriching. Innovative. A new part of town for Oslo.

Økern is one of the most important development projects for Oslo in modern times. And like Oslo, Økern will become a natural, smart, warm and creative city centre housing all types of people at all stages of life.

The key strategies of Oslo Municipality constitute the strategic background for the development of Økern. The intention is for there to be a true connection between the municipal plans for the city and the city centre we are to build at Økern.

We will be sharing the same values regarding the development project's usefulness to  society and the topical market value Økern will have as a new part of Oslo main centre and as the new district centre of Hovinbyen.

Market area

Today Økern is located in the part of the city called Bjerke, at the border of Grünerløkka city centre, in an area of Oslo called Outer City by the city planners. Økern was regulated as an industrial area in the 1950s and Økern shopping centre was opened in 1969. The one tall building in the complex has 18 floors and is a landmark in the city.

Økern has a central position in Oslo and has a population of 783,000 inhabitants in its neighbourhood, expected to rise to approximately 874,000 people by 2025.

The most relevant market consists of Bjerke, Grünerløkka, Old Oslo, Grorud and Alna which have 222,000 inhabitants; this is expected to grow by 15.2 % by 2025.

The other markets consist of Sagene, Nordre Aker, Østensjø, Nordstrand and Stovner which have a population of 227,000 people today, and the rest of Oslo with Lørenskog, Skedsmo and Nittedal which have a population of 324,000 people today.

When developing Økern we will acquire knowledge and inspiration from Oslo itself. We will safeguard the fact that Økern is destined to be a new district of Oslo and a new urban centre among others of the Capital of Norway. This will release the potential of the whole region of north eastern Oslo.

An appropriate comparison can be seen in Majorstuen and Nydalen which are both secondary and complementary city centres of Oslo main centre. Both effectively combine urban functions such as logistics and transport with housing, trade, urban experiences and work places. They function well as enriching and generous city centres for nearby city dwellers.

These are the very functions and qualities Økern seeks to obtain too, and this is what new Økern will mean to Oslo.

Økern in the Oslo region

560,000 people live within a 15 minute drive of Økern. Within a 30 minute drive almost 1 million people can reach Økern. In the wider Oslo region 2.4 million people live within a 1 – 1.5 hour drive.

History

Økern before and now

The name originates from Øykrin or æykrin, which is a combination of æykr (oak) and vina (pasture) and intimates that the area was heavily wooded with oak trees in the past. Økern means literally the “oakfield”. Remains from the Iron Age have been found but the area was not documented in writing until ca. 1279 and then as the farm Økern! Later, the Police headquarters had the address Økern road 144, having been changed and modernised since the property was outsourced from the farm Økernly in 1899. It was eventually named “Økernfryd” with land registration number 22.

In 1936 the businessman Trygve Rønning acquired industrial property at Økern. He made part of the first floor into shops, and a post office opened there as well.

HISTORICAL NAMES AND PLACES

  • Sverre Refstads plass (war hero, shot in 1943)
  • Økernly (Between Økernveien and Økern Torgvei)
  • Kabelheimen
  • Johannesløkken (Økern's oldest house)
  • Standard Telefon og Kabelfabrikk (STK) 1915
  • Fabrikkgata, now Kabelgata
  • Økern farm from 1279
  • Økern was regulated as an industrial plant in 1950

Økern shopping centre was established in 1969. The high rise office tower has 18 floors and is a landmark in the city.