Vulkan is the name of the former industrial area on the western bank of Akerselva river. Since 2004 the area has been transformed and revitalized by Aspelin Ramm and Anton B Nilsen property developers, based on the plan by LPO architects. The area is a fusion of culture and creative business with schools, hotels, Oslo’s first food market hall, restaurants, bars, residential blocks, offices, shops, plus premises for concerts, dance and sport. This blend of people and activities makes Vulkan one of Oslo’s most vibrant and exciting new areas. Vulkan is a full scale example of sustainable urban development. Built upon the idea of sharing localities, equipment and resources, the area is virtually self-sufficient in energy for heating and cooling. The project has received a number of awards.