Losæter — Oslo

  • photo: Sebastian Dahl for Flatbread Society
    photo: Sebastian Dahl for Flatbread Society
  • photo: Monica Løvdahl for Flatbread Society
    photo: Monica Løvdahl for Flatbread Society
  • photo: Stijn Schiffeleers for Flatbread Society
    photo: Stijn Schiffeleers for Flatbread Society
  • photo: Monica Løvdahl for Flatbread Society
    photo: Monica Løvdahl for Flatbread Society


A Common Land

Losæter is a new cultural institution on a common along the waterfront in Bjørvika dedicated to a range of activities related to art and urban food production. It includes Flatbread Society’s activities, Herligheten allotment community, an ancient grain field, a bakehouse and Oslo’s first City farmer. Losæter is a space in constant organic development. This unconventional use of a common area was initiated by the art collective Futurefarmers, with Amy Franceschini (US) as the lead artist.

Becoming Losæter

  • Bjørvika

    A former container port, the name ‘Bjørvika’ is derived from Norse, meaning ‘the city bay’, as the area is located where the Alna River meets the Fjord.

  • Pollination

    In 2013, Futurefarmers' Canoe Oven moved about Oslo baking flatbread. Their journey allowed for speaking with different neighbors and getting reflections on the development in Bjørvika and input on the idea of a permanent bakehouse there.

  • Allotment Gardens

    Through an open call in May 2012, Oslo citizens were invited to apply for an allotment box in "Herligheten". One hundred boxes were given away and four thousand people applied. Today a thriving community of urban gardeners remain.

  • Temporary Bakehouse

    In 2013, Futurefarmers raised a temporary bakehouse and hosted public programs to test out the idea of a permanent bakehouse situated in Bjørvika.

  • Grainfield

    In 2012, Futurefarmers planted a cultural grainfield made up of nine varieties of heritage grains donated by Johan Swård.

  • Soil Procession + Declaration of Land Use

    On June 13, 2015, a procession of 50 Norwegian farmers carried soil from farms as far north as Tromsø and as far south as Stokke to its new home in Oslo. Soil offerings were laid out upon the land ceremony and feast unfolded. On this day the site was named Losæter, and we signed a Declaration of Land Use declaring the Losæter a new cultural institution in Bjørvika.


In 2015, an official renaming of the site was established. The collectively coined name “Losæter” combines two Norwegian terms for the commons, “Loallmenning” and “sæter”.  “Lo” points to the geographic location of the site being near the water and “sæter” refers the right to put animals to pasture and to put up a house for the summer.  Losæter captures spirit of the project at large and connects to Norway’s agricultural heritage in a continuum of past to future. As Losæter evolves, the practice and metaphor of cultivation are linked to larger ideas of self-determination and organic processes in the development of land use, social relations, and cultural forms.


Flatbread Society

Flatbread Society is a Grainfield, a Bakehouse and public program. It is a public artwork initiated by Futurefarmers art collective in 2012. The Grainfield is a field measuring 500m2 where several types of ancient grain such as Svedjerug (rye), spelt, emmer, einkorn and barley grow and the Bakehouse is a 100m2 baking facility that forms the nexus of exchange at Losæter; gatherings, workshops and a place to be.


Herligheten is an ecological initiative and project about urban food production initiated in April 2012.  It hosts 100 allotments and a program consisting of a number of events and seminars for learning and exchanging ideas about urban farming.

Oslo Apiary and Aviary

Oslo Apiary & Aviary is an art practice run by Marius Presterud and Mikkel Dagestad. A consistent line running through their work is the questioning of the theoretical separation of "urbanity" and “nature” and how it is performed and dichotomized. By rearing plants and animals in the city, they raise the question of how city life is conceptualized and can be renegotiated within and against processes of capitalist urbanization.


Growlab is a multidisciplinary design studio working towards a more livable and sustainable city. Growlab’s competencies range from consulting and communicating sustainable strategies, initiating and supporting urban grassroots movements and involving and empowering communities through inclusive design processes, tools and actions.

Food Studio

Food Studio is a collective of professionals who care about sharing stories of people that believe in good and honest food. Food Studio wishes to change today’s food system to a more sustainable network. They organise seasonal workshops and dinners in the natural surroundings of Oslo called Get Away.

Åpent Bakeri

Open Bakery is an Oslo-based artisan bakery built on knowledge, traditions and pure, natural ingredients.

City farmer

Andreas Capjon is a full-time farmer at Losæter who is passionate about growing organic food in the city and sharing knowledge. He is hired by the Norwegian Farmers' Union in collaboration with Bjørvika Utvikling.


Urban herbalists: A collective of herb enthusiasts interested in cultivating and foraging herbaceous plants in urban environments.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): A number of organizations participate in farming at Losæter and contribute in organizing events and inspiration to the visitors. Contact the city farmer for queries.

Community of Bakers

A community of bakers (bakelauget) is open to anyone who is interested in baking, learning about baking in general and baking with sourdough in particular. The community participates in the operation and maintenance of the bakehouse at Losæter.

Garden of senses

Residents at Villa Enerhaugen are involved in a garden therapy project managed by Tim Brogden. Together they have created a garden of senses, as well as being actively involved in the operation of Losæter throughout the year.

  1. 1. Bakehouse
  2. 2. Grainfield
  3. 3. Allotment gardens
  4. 4. Beehives
  1. 5. Farmland
  2. 6. Zone of Unexpected
  3. 7. Greenhouse



Losæter @ Bjørvika
Oslo, 0150


Wednesday gatherings

March - October 2018

From mid March until the end of the cropping season you can come and work and learn about urban agriculture. The City Farmer will be present from 10am. Join Losæter Dinners from August at 5pm. All are welcome!

Flatbread Society Bakehouse

Public artwork

Artist: Futurefarmers

The Bakehouse’s hybrid form extends its function; it is both a sculpture and a gathering space that facilitates artistic production and exchange between various communities.

You are welcome to rent/use the bakehouse. Contact anne.beate.hovind@bjorvikautvikling.no

Baking workshops, open bakehouse and more will be organized. Stay tuned on Facebook.

Fullmoon gatherings

For 2018 the following persons and groups have been invited to co-curate and host the Flatbread Society Full Moon Gatherings at Losæter in close collaboration with Futurefarmers: Oslo Apiary & Aviary (January 31), Anne Cecilie Lie (March 2), MAPS, KHiO (31 March), Kristian Øverland Dahl (April 30), Svartjord (May 29), and more to come. Stay tuned at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/loseter/events/">Facebook</a>.


Stay informed about events at Losæter and in the bakehouse at Losæter's Facebook Page or contact info@loseter.no


Get involved at Losæter!

You have the possibility to be a volunteer at the urban farm in the middle of the city of Oslo. Together with the city farmer you will take care of this magical urban farming project. You will be handed tasks, be supervised by a farmer, and it will also be possible to grow your own produce. The sæter will have some animals visiting from time to time, but most of all there will be many nice city people.

If you are interested, please send an email to bybonden@bondelaget.no .

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Common Questions

What are the big towers?

Losæter is located at a rocky "island" in the middle of a rough building site surrounded by roads, railway lines and construction sites. The big towers are the airing towers for the submerged tunnel underneath.

Losæter and Flatbread Society is a project initiated by Futurefarmers as a public art programme for Bjørvika, Oslo (Norway). The project is commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling in collaboration with the artists. Supported by The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Eastern Region). Bjørvika Utvikling and The Norwegian Farmers' Union are collaborating to develop urban farming, and in 2016 they hired the city farmer to work at Losæter.

Losæter has formed an association overseeing the overall running of the place, and Bjørvika Utvikling has the overall responsibility and ownership of Losæter until it is taken over by Oslo Municipality around 2023.

Contact person in Bjørvika Utvikling: Anne Beate Hovind, anne.beate.hovind@bjorvikautvikling.no,  +47 909 42 528

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