This student project was done by Martin Skogholt Hansen and Mikael Johansen, graduate students at AHO (the Oslo School of Architecture and Design) in collaboration with the Ulstein Group shipbuilder of western Norway and the Ulstein Bridge Concept research project currently running at AHO. The main goal for this project was to explore the possibilities for change on the exterior of Ulstein’s ship bridges.
Changes were made to make maintenance on the roof safer and more efficient, and a new design language for the bridge was explored to make Ulstein stick out among the competition in the maritime industry. During the project, new possibilities were found by introducing an asymmetrical bridge design. Making the bridge in fixed separated parts connected with a modular structure, the new bridge proposal can adapt to a wide variety of vessel sizes while reducing weight. Parts of the bridge can be standardized and produced more efficiently, and this solution also opens up a more specific and coherent interior design in the future.
Martin Skogholt Hansen and Mikael Johansen, AHO 2013.