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Vulkan Oslo

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.

Environmental work and urban development

During the development of Vulkan we looked at how buildings, equipment, energy and urban spaces can be shared and thus utilized more efficiently. Vulkan has it’s own energy plant, distributing heat and regulating temperatures amongst the buildings. Excess heat generated from refrigeration and other facilities is used to heat rooms or hot water. This redistribution of energy gives significant environmental benefits. When more energy is needed, it can be drawn from a series of geothermal wells reaching 300 meters below the surface.

Vulkan is home to Norway’s first hotel to be graded energy class A, Scandic Vulkan, as well as the first class A office building, Bellonahuset. The project has placed great emphasis on using eco-labeled materials with a small carbon footprint. Bellonahuset is an integrated part of Vulkan’s energy supply. The building’s facade collects solar energy which, via the local energy plant, is distributed to the entire area in the form of heat and hot water. Vulkan’s energy plant is connected to Oslo’s district heating system, which is used as a reserve.

Two of the world’s finest beehives are placed on the rooftop between Mathallen and Dansens Hus. Vulkan beehive has brought more bees to town, contributing to the effort to save these important insects. Billions of bees have disappeared in recent years. This is a big problem as bees are vital to food production through their role as pollinators. The areas around Akerselva, Telthusbakken and Gamle Aker Kirke provide abundant sources of pollen, nectar and water, used by the bees to make Vulkan honey during the summer season.

Vulkan is near self-sufficient in energy for heating and cooling. The sharing of energy, buildings and services allows for a smarter city.

An urban and environmental laboratory

Constantly changing and developing, Vulkan is our “test lab” for trying out new and innovative urban and environmental solutions. Vulkan is a dense area shared by the people who live, work, and study here and our many visitors.

Read more about Vulkan, the sustainable urban project here (pdf)

Dette er oss


Anne-Cathrine de Lange
909 68 016

Konseptsjef bygulv

Frode Rønne Malmo
911 66 686


Kristin Støfringsdal
480 38 031

Controller (i permisjon)

Lenn Solheim
908 20 618


Tron Nordhaug
901 71 412


Espen Nilsen
952 85 262


Øystein Lien
400 88 028


Naser Fetisi
410 38 411


Ole-Martin Rognerud
992 58 650