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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. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  10. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  11. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  12. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  13. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  14. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  15. Jonas Amsterdam
  16. A green entrance for the airport
  17. Public Space Alpen
  18. Cartesius Quarter
  19. Isle of Dikes
  20. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  21. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  22. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  23. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  24. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  25. City Square Tyumen
  26. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  27. Strategic Urban Green Study
  28. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  29. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  30. ImageWharf
  31. Ódinstorg Square
  32. Overloon War Museum
  33. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  34. Ludlstrasse Munich
  35. Yaanila Country Park
  36. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  37. Villa Garden
  38. City life in the woods
  39. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  40. Socio-technical city of the future
  41. Buji River
  42. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  43. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  44. Maritime Campus Almere
  45. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  46. Sijthoff
  47. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  48. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  49. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  50. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  51. Fish Market Leuven
  52. Zinder Culture Cluster
  53. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  54. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  55. Strategic Plan Fier
  56. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  57. Kronenburg Business Park
  58. Dharavi Mumbai
  59. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  60. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  61. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  62. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  63. Berlin Am Volkspark
  64. The Museum of the 20th Century
  65. Gardabaer
  66. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  67. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  68. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  69. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  70. Danxia Recreational Park
  71. Campus Lelystad
  72. Proto Tamansari
  73. City Gardens Tyumen
  74. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  75. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  76. Bandar Lampung Park
  77. R&D Campus Fengxian
  78. S-West Eindhoven
  79. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  80. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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