Dynamic masterplan for transformation into a healthy living and working area
After the closure of the Peterson paper factory in 2012, ownership of the factory site passed to the Norwegian developer Höegh Eiendom. The location, right beside the River Mosseelva and the Oslo fjord in Moss, Norway, is of special historical significance, because it was in the Convention House on the former factory site that Norway’s declaration of independence was signed in 1905. It is therefore recognised as a state heritage site. Höegh Eiendom has set itself the goal to transform the plant into a vibrant area where future residents can live and work in a pleasant residential atmosphere with the former Peterson factory at close proximity. It will become an area with identity and coherence which is adapted to the context with a dynamic phasing and design.
Residential, cultural, commercial, offices, and education
300.000 m2 GFA
Due to the extent of these area, the transformation has to be executed in different phases and requires long term planning to finalize the entire development. In order to implement the proposed transformation and to ensure the required quality, Höegh Eiendom has commissioned Mei Architects and Planners to make a dynamic masterplan for the re-development of the former Peterson’s paper mill area.
The new development of the site will be embedded in its environment with care and it will use and enhance the intrinsic qualities of its context. On one side the area is connecting to the fine urban fabric of Møllebyen and on the other side it is connecting to the green living environment of the north. The historic heart of the former factory will be clearly accentuated and the appearance of the historic Verksgata area will be preserved and enhanced. Furthermore, the fact that the site is located directly at the waterfront will be utilized optimally so that it will become accessible not just to the Peterson-area, but to the entire city of Moss.
“The collaboration with Mei was truly inspiring. We agree on lots of things. Both of us attach importance to a story, a truth for a project. A layered story ensures that you see different things from far away than you do from nearby.”