Hyde architects
Hyde + Hyde shortlisted in Faroe Islands housing competition

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The studio has been shortlisted in a high-profile competition for a hillside housing development on the Faroe Islands.

Other leading entries were from Portugal, Gothenburg and Madrid. The project was one of six competition sites announced as part of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge (NBBC) in October.

Hyde + Hyde Architects was the only UK architecture practice among the 23 multidisciplinary teams which were shortlisted from more than 140 submissions to the programme.

Our proposal called appropriately ’hygge’ design [meaning cosiness in Danish] is a region specific model of sustainability, based on the progressive and sustainable living concepts which could be adopted for future low carbon developments within the archipelago.

The aim is for the homes to push the limits of sustainable performance by incorporating passive strategies along with the latest technological solutions without compromising the poetic narrative of connecting the buildings to context, place, culture and time.

A key factor in the visual appearance of the homes is the implementation of a strategy to allow the mountain wind to circulate underneath each dwelling and to power the homes. The additional air circulation provided reduces wind pressure on the façades and encourages the natural drying of fish and skerpikjøt – a well-aged, wind-dried mutton.

This lower level under-croft provides many opportunities for living in harmony with nature. In addition, the under-croft area also provides possible shelter for small domesticated animals such as hens, all part of an integrated urban farming strategy to live simply and close to nature.

Other NBBC contests included a green transport hub at Trygve Lies square in Oslo and a residential-led, 22-hectare regeneration in Espoo, Finland.

New affordable housing around Sege Park in Malmö, Sweden; climatically adaptive solutions for Copenhagen’s northwestern Nørrebro; and an upgrade of Iceland’s 15,000m² Karsnes Harbour also featured in the programme.

NBCC is part of the Danish government’s Nordic Built Cities initiative.