Danish COBE architects won the competition for Nyhavna Utvikling, a new mix-used neighborhood in Trondheim, currently an industrial harbor. The Danish architects have reinvented local heritage in Norway.
The competition invited participating firms to reimagine the urban core while respecting the cultural heritage and maritime vocation of the place.
“The key feature of our masterplan was to ensure the proximity to the fjord and accessibility for everyone, by establishing a generous waterfront park with a sequence of urban spaces for various use and seasonal change,” said the architects.
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Nyhavna is praised for its attractive location, where the Nidelva River meets the Trondheim Fjord, within walking distance to the center of Trondheim. All buildings are constructed of wood and reuse the footprint and foundations of existing warehouses on the site today, while the colorful scheme is an homage to Trondheim’s historic wooden buildings.
COBE Architects, in collaboration with TOPIC Architecture, MOE Consulting Engineers and Olav Olsen, is proposing a residential fabric in close contact with the coast, giving the neighborhood a clear identity.
Trondheim City Architect, Are Risto Øyaseter, was part of the jury and believes the winning proposal takes a simple and clear plan and gives a clear identity to the district based on the history of both Trondheim and its Transittkaia Wharf. ‘The proposal works actively with edges and transitions to establish good neighborhoods while at the same time establishing clear places for recreation that are attractive to the city’s population. It appears credible that good design of street spaces, edge zones, and active ground floors can contribute to a safe and outward-looking urban district,’ said Øyaseter.
Local Heritage Reinvented in Trondheim – Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg
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