The Smestad plant represents a new building type: a public recycling facility where all activity takes place indoors, a preferable operation for users, staff and neighbours.
The site faces the Oslo ring road, backed up against a steep cutting. The suburban houses overlook the sedum roof, which further hides the plant from general view.
The structure itself is an open hall, with precast concrete gables and a hybrid shed-pitched roof. The plant has climatised staff rooms and a capacity for 34 visiting cars and 16 waste sorting containers.
The façade facing the ring road is clad with stretch metal panels mounted on the secondary laminated timber columns, the direction of the material opening the façade towards the east and closing it to the south.