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Henning Larsen Architects Wins City Development Competition in the Faroe Islands
Posted: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 |

Copenhagen's Henning Larsen Architects has won the competition for developing a 150,000 m2 (1.6M sq ft) area in the second-largest city in the Faroe Islands, Klaksvík. The area will comprise a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. 154 competition proposals were submitted in this open, international competition.

On the basis of the winning proposal, the Municipality of Klaksvík will prepare a new district plan for the development of the city. The plan is expected to be ready during 2012.

Rendering of the competition-winning design for Klaksvík City Center by Henning Larsen Architects (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Rendering of the competition-winning design for Klaksvík City Center by Henning Larsen Architects (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Project Description from the Architects:

Klaksvík is the second-largest city in the Faroe Islands and is situated in the island of Borðoy, the largest of the northern islands. Klaksvík spans over two opposite mountain ridges, connected by a low-lying area where two inlets meet. The location of the city makes it particularly exposed to the wind. Thus, comfort and microclimate are important factors in the development of the city.

Klaksvík’s new city centre will be established where the two inlets meet. The urban development plan incorporates and strengthens the existing qualities of the city. It creates an adventurous and vibrant city centre with a sheltered city square that will provide the framework for cultural activities and numerous other opportunities. The city square forms a natural connection to the sea and will be the heart of the city.

Klaksvík City Center, Plaza (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Klaksvík City Center, Plaza (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

The last 50 years’ urban development in Klaksvík has allowed the wind to whistle through the streets without hindrance. As opposed to this, the proposal for the new city centre takes a historic, urban approach and re-establishes a city centre with a comfortable microclimate. Displaced building volumes break the dominant south-east and north-west winds in Klaksvík and contribute to providing new comfortable shelter zones in the city.

The new urban space is based on a star-shaped structure where the centre of the star constitutes the new sheltered city square. The pointed shape ensures that the new urban space is rooted in the existing city. Conversely, it also brings the surrounding city space, green areas, canals and beach spaces into the new square.

Bird's Eye View (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Bird's Eye View (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Klaksvík City Centre consists of a continuous system of paths that connects the three districts built around different themes: a green, recreational area; an urban development with a central, unifying city square and shops, cafes, a library, public offices, residences etc.; a maritime district with a cultural house, a maritime museum, cafes, shops, residences etc. along the new promenade.

Site Plan (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Site Plan (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Sustainability

The proposal for the new city centre in Klaksvík, the Faroe Islands, is based on simulations of local wind conditions. The project team has worked with broken, displaced volumes and streets to ensure a calm and comfortable microclimate.

Wind comfort depends on a number of elements, the natural weather conditions of the area and the specific buildings and urban spaces. Data from accessible local measurements, local experience and knowledge have been incorporated in the project.

Section 1(Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Section 1(Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Klaksvík is situated in an area where two inlets meet, only separated by a low-lying area that brings together the city. The city is situated on two opposite mountain ridges where the rainy, southern winds occur more often than the cold, northern winds. Due to the two mountain ridges situated opposite each other from the south-east towards the north-west, the centre of Klaksvík is particularly exposed to winds from these two directions.

Section 2 (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Section 2 (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

The perception of comfort and wind environment is subjective and cannot be quantified unambiguously. The proposal for the new city centre has worked with broken, displaced volumes and streets, which was also the local approach to city planning until the middle of the last century. The displaced building volumes break the dominant winds and create comfortable shelter zones in the city.  With more detailed, local measurements, it is possible to adjust the volumes and thus climatically optimise the building stock.

Section 3 (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Section 3 (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

About Klaksvík

Klaksvík is the second-largest city in the Faroe Islands with 4,800 inhabitants (2010). The city is situated in the western part of the island Borðoy by a natural harbour. Klaksvík is the principal city in the island group Norðoyar living by fishing, production and trade. The tall mountains of Háfjall (647 m) and Myrkjanoyrarfjall (689 m) rise south and north of the city. Since approx. 1900, the city has been home to a large fishing fleet.

Wind Strategy (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Wind Strategy (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

About the competition

The competition for the development of Klaksvík was an open, international competition, which was launched earlier this year. A total of 154 proposals were submitted in the anonymous competition. On 1 June 2012, the winner was announced. 30 projects are exhibited in the city hall of Klaksvík.

Views (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Views (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Extract from the citation:

“The plan proposed is simple and compelling with the two water streams Ósá and Vágsá opening up towards the sides of the bay. Vágsá is an urban canal that runs into a distinctive basin at the southern end of the square, whereas Ósá is an open stream that debouches into the bay on its sunny side at Biskupsstøð, where there is a sandy beach and boat houses reminiscent of Klaksvík in days gone by. Together, these features create a layout that opens up towards the water and the views in a natural way, and out here – as an attractive continuation of the urban square – are the two most important community buildings: the culture centre and the maritime museum”.

“It is the panel’s opinion that this entry provides a clear and architecturally attractive response to the requirements of the brief and that it would give Klaksvík an exciting and inspiring basis in its continued work to develop the new city centre”.

Star Shape (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Star Shape (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Project Details:

Project: Klaksvík City Centre
Location: Klaksvík, the Faroe Islands
Client: Municipality of Klaksvík
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
Site area: 150,000 m2
Type of assignment: 1st prize in open, international competition

Phases (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

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Phases (Image: Henning Larsen Architects)

Project Credits:

Project team at Henning Larsen Architects:

Design: Ósbjørn Jacobsen (architectural design manager), Anna Sundstedt and Maine Godderidge
Sustainability concept: Signe Kongebro, Jakob Strømann-Andersen and Kalle Park
Illustrations: Wesam Asali



Comments:
Jens
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Did Henning Larsen work for BIG? Their projects look very similar.

montaigne
New York
Thursday, June 07, 2012
No, BIG worked for HL.
And with both, I can't tell if I'm impressed by how concise their diagrams are, of if their cheeky simplicity robs the designs of complexity - particularly with these large scale projects

Achref
paris
Monday, June 11, 2012
I find this project brillant !
We should come back as architectes, to basics !

This reminds me of native town in Tunisia, this configaration, stimulates human exchange, and creates many spontaneous meetings !

and yes, it looks like BIG works ...

NotAllDanesAreBig
Friday, June 15, 2012
You are all stupid. Henning Larsen is 87 years old.

Achref
paris
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
We aren't stupid, we made a comment !
We know it's not BIG, cause we DO understand english, and yes we read the article !
chill out dude, get a life otherwise !!

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