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Uloba's new headquarter as a flagship building for urban development

Photo: Line Solgaard Arkitekter

​Norwegian provider of personal assistants for disabled people, Uloba, takes the lead in urban development projects. The organization's new headquarter in the city of Drammen will attract international attention. 

Uloba is an organization owned and led by disabled people and has worked intensely to satisfy the needs for personal assistance to handicapped people since 1991. The organization is now planning to build a new headquarters building without any stairs, accessible for people in wheelchairs and with the goal of being certified as BREEAM Excellent. Uloba is not just looking to erect one single building but to change the entire district according to this vision. The area is called Gulskogen Park and the goal is for the park to become a national and international showcase for full equality for disabled people in work and community life.

COWI has won the assignment of designing the first phase of Gulskogen Park and is going to work on how to carry out the vision. 

"Gulskogen Park is an ambitious and exciting building project which sets very high standards for accessibility and universal design. Gulskogen will be known far beyond the Norwegian borders. At the same time a number of innovative measures regarding energy savings and environmental friendliness of the whole area will be taken," says Vice President in COWI Geir Hagehaugen.

The building without stairs

The four-storey building will have no stairs and will include high-tech and creative use of lifts and ramps to make it accessible for everyone. Gulskogen Park includes ULOBA's new headquarter which will consist of the actual building with approximately 18,000 m2, an outdoor area of  800 m2, as well as furnishings, equipment and ICT systems for users and employees. 

The area is directly connected to the Gulskogen train station and as housing, daycare, hotel and conference center and commercial premises will be built around the building, the park will act as a transportation hub for the whole region.

"We are looking forward to get started with the design of Gulskogen Park. It is a complex and challenging project. Uloba takes the lead when it comes to integrating urban development and society in its building project. It is a trend that we see in more of our projects, which is very interesting," says Hagehaugen.​

Rikke Vous Hvidsteen 
Published 02.06.2014​

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