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Connected Urban Morphology

Lyngássvæðis is located within an extraordinary environment. Beautiful landscapes, mountains and sea, combined with a range of facilities, schools and commercial functions.

The best of the worlds of the Suburb and the City, our design creates a city with a human scale and livable streets, connected both with the landscape and with facilities and public transportation.

A framework has been developed for the site, consisting of a simple network of streets and a constellation of public space circuits. The new neighborhood connects all these qualities, and makes them accessible for new inhabitants. Moreover, it improves the cohesion between the surrounding neighborhoods, becoming the backbone for the entire district.

On a hill, facing the sea: the streets framework turns the topography into a characteristic identity carrier of this new hillside district. The main roads run along the height lines, allowing for easy accessibility. Connecting streets run up- or downhill, making it an everyday experience to face the hill. The framework expands into the surrounding road networks, stitching the site to the adjacent neighborhoods and infrastructure.

Green valley, connecting rings: the river connects the mountains to the sea, and the new neighborhood is organized around this river valley. The public space framework consists of several thematic circuits, or rings, for slow traffic. The ‘Green Ring’ stitches Lyngássvæðis to the river valley, while creating a green network in the neighborhood. The ring gets an extensive character: a flowering meadow with native trees and shrubs improves the urban ecology and gives all residents an experience of living in close proximity to the landscape, while providing ample space for children to roam and play. The ‘Green Circle’ connects to the ‘Facilities Circle’ and the ‘Cultural Circle’. The Facilities circle integrates the school, swimming pool and sport club; the ‘Cultural Circle’ shops, the museum and bank. All together they create a diverse network of circuits, potentially the new backbone of Gardabaer; which will be enriched by a bus stop on the new high speed network between the airport and Reykjavik center.

Connecting community: the neighborhoods are set up with the idea that they can be dense, in light of their connection to landscape and parks. The various patches in the flexible framework can be developed with various densities. The proposal sets out one central area with a higher density; a central communal place to be, around which apartment blocks are positioned. In the park along the stream, chunky apartment volumes are positioned in a natural setting.




Gardabaer, Iceland


Masterplan, Public Space


Municipality of Gardabaer


30 ha

Team & partners

Deborah Lambert
Michiel Van Driessche
Marnix Vink
Laura Spenkelink
Corinna Wassermann
Zofia Krzykawska
Willemijn van Manen

  1. Eemsdelta Campus
  2. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  3. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  4. Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet Utrecht
  5. Healthy Tracks
  6. Towards a healthy city by foot
  7. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  8. The Unbound Amsterdam
  9. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  10. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  11. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  12. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  13. Jonas Amsterdam
  14. A green entrance for the airport
  15. Public Space Alpen
  16. Cartesius Quarter
  17. Isle of Dikes
  18. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  19. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  20. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  21. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  22. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  23. City Square Tyumen
  24. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  25. Strategic Urban Green Study
  26. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  27. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  28. ImageWharf
  29. Ódinstorg Square
  30. Overloon War Museum
  31. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  32. Ludlstrasse Munich
  33. Yaanila Country Park
  34. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  35. Villa Garden
  36. City life in the woods
  37. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  38. Socio-technical city of the future
  39. Buji River
  40. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  41. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  42. Maritime Campus Almere
  43. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  44. Sijthoff
  45. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  46. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  47. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  48. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  49. Fish Market Leuven
  50. Zinder Culture Cluster
  51. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  52. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  53. Strategic Plan Fier
  54. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  55. Kronenburg Business Park
  56. Dharavi Mumbai
  57. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  58. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  59. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  60. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  61. Berlin Am Volkspark
  62. The Museum of the 20th Century
  63. Gardabaer
  64. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  65. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  66. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  67. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  68. Danxia Recreational Park
  69. Campus Lelystad
  70. Proto Tamansari
  71. City Gardens Tyumen
  72. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  73. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  74. Bandar Lampung Park
  75. R&D Campus Fengxian
  76. S-West Eindhoven
  77. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  78. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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