How can a city in growth be expanded sustainable and future proof?
Together with our client TEFT we developed a vision for a masterplan, as part of a proposal for changes in the municipal zoning plan, which is currently under revision. The plan consists of a 90.000m2 mixed use area in proximity to the center of the city Leknes in Lofoten.
Leknes is a city which appears fragmented and which is entirely dependent on the use of cars. The project site is one of the last, unbuilt areas in walking distance to the city center, and this offers the chance to establish a new, sustainable development, where inhabitants can reach their workplaces and all amenities a city has to offer by walking or biking.
The main idea for the project is to explore the possibility of new ways of living in Lofoten. The vast majority of existing housing in the area are single family houses, but there is an encreasing demand for other types of dwellings. This project proposes a mix of rowhouses, apartmentbuildings and single family houses, all with direct access to generous outdoor spaces.
As a means to connect the existing city centre and the new mixed use area to the ocean, we have proposed a walkable public promenade stretching out into the Buksnes fjord as a pier, intertwined with a canal, pulling the water into the development. This spine going through the new neighborhood, with its restaurants, cafés and commercial areas on the ground floor has the potential to become a vibrant new attraction close to the sea.
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