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Inside the Pocket Farm, Norway's new rural development model

The proposal would allow city dwellers to own part of a communal farm just an hour outside of Oslo

The "Pocket Farm" developed by the municipality of Nes in Norway in conjunction with Scarcity and Creativity Studio (SCS), a design-build studio within the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), has finally been constructed.

As Curbed reported in March, the pocket farm, or Småbruk, as it’s called, was designed as a proposal to entice city dwellers in nearby Oslo to more rural and open areas like Nes. This new rural development model would allow city dwellers to own one of four homes on a communal plot of farm land that would include not only the use of a common barn, but farming facilities and a playground for children as well—for much less than the cost of real estate in Oslo.

Thanks to a group of students from AHO, the communal barn, which we’d seen previously as renderings, is now complete. The timber structure was built over a period of four weeks and is meant to be an extension of the rural landscape. Taking on the basic form of a vernacular barn, the farm has an asymmetric silhouette with an exaggerated roof slope.

While corrugated metal sheets make up the walls and roof of the barn, OSB panels accent the wood-beamed frame and diagonal ceiling bracing. Softwood battens clad the neutral exterior, where the doors to the barn are relegated to the back so as not to disrupt the continuity of the topography.

Head here for more information on the pocket farm’s aim to create a communal farming development within reach of public transportation to Oslo, and take a look at photos of the completed structure below.