FMV Vest

Urban development with hotel, residential units, cinema, and commercial spaces


Urban development with hotel, residential units, cinema, and commercial spaces




FMV Vest in Fredrikstad, Norway

Contact persons:

Kaja Melbye, Mikkel Haavaldsen


Selvaag, Jotne

1,350 new homes, a cinema, a hotel, and 70,000 square meters of commercial space will form the core as a new district takes shape on the site of the old Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted.

Hille Melbye, together with developers Jotne Eiendom and Selvaag Bolig, will contribute to the development of a rich and vibrant neighborhood with a variety of homes and new offerings for the city’s residents. This is the heart of the area, which includes a new hotel at the innermost part of the dock, a cinema complex in a transformed welding hall, and the first phase of residential building

Overview plan by Studio Oslo Landscape Architects

The close connection to the city center, the welding hall, the dock, and the old cranes suggest that the buildings around this Fredrikstad environment should have a strong urban character and a power that defines Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted as a place. The answer to this does not lie in individual buildings that each represent groundbreaking residential architecture. Our approach is to work with clarified but dissolved block development, characterized by varied heights, intimate passages, and generous courtyards.

Hille Melbye focuses on the belief that a clean and classic design language, good building practices, correct color combinations, durable materials, and human proportions will tie the buildings together and give the area character. The goal is robust and lasting architecture that attracts people. The hotel’s shape frames the cranes, thereby emphasizing the industrial history of the area. At the same time, this helps maintain important sightlines in the city. The cranes are still visible from large parts of Fredrikstad. Additionally, the hotel will be an attractive destination in itself, with rooms and public amenities offering spectacular views.

llustrations by 3D estate..