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Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð

All Kinds of City

Vogabyggð is one of the first focus areas of the long-term masterplan, set up by the municipality of Reykjavik. The masterplan aims to densify and redevelop the existing city, rather than expanding it. This strategy is deployed as a catalyst to improve the quality of life within the city. Therefore the masterplan formulates 4 key ambitions: city by the sea, green city, creative city and city for the people.

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Vogabyggð is committed realise these ambitions. The location is tightly embedded within a port and transshipment area, a residential area and a large nature reserve. It will become a promising benchmark for other implementations of Reykjavik’s general masterplan.

The development framework of Vogabyggð integrates 4 separate strategies, and connects them.

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CITY BY THE SEA

Vogabyggð strengthens the interaction of Reykjavik with its natural frame, the sea. The seashore is developed as a diverse public realm, anchored to the whole district by a new central square. All cross streets are oriented towards the waterfront, turning the built fabric towards the sea. Every single block is edges by a street running to the water, each one of them revealing a different view to the delta plane. The topography is used and strengthened by terracing the buildings, to give as many people as possible the chance to profit from the view that belongs to a city by the sea.

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GREEN CITY

Vogabyggð re-establishes the connection between Reykjavik and its sublime surrounding landscape. Therefore the masterplan moves away from the existing division between urban and natural landscape. A new boulevard through the entire district stitches together a network of local streets, connecting to paths through the ambient nature park. Beautiful courtyard gardens cover integrated parking garages, releasing car pressure from the streets. Carefully designed squares and pocket parks mark existing and newly made focal points. Developments are positioned in the green environment, and the green realm is brought into the urban fabric. This symbiosis is celebrated by the creation of various character zones: from fine-grained urban townships to ‘living in the green’ quarters.

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CREATIVE CITY

Vogabyggð releases the subdivision between residential, industrial and recreational zones, giving way for mixed-use urbanity. Careful positioning of public program activates main public places. Facilities are located in the vicinity of the ones who need them. The existing industries are mixed with new housing and streets are animated with commercial plinths. The area becomes a fertile ground for the gradual transformation of Vogabyggð into an urban mosaic.

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CITY FOR PEOPLE!

Vogabyggð breaks with streets as infrastructural spaces, and goes through great lengths to design them as vibrant public places. Where people can walk, bike, stay and meet each other. Squares and parks activate new key places. Integrated networks establish connections to ambient neighborhoods and nature areas. Therefore existing barriers are sometimes literally bridged. Vogabyggð belongs to the people. To its inhabitants, entrepreneurs and, well, everybody who just loves to be there.

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Year

2014 - 2017

Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

Type

Masterplan, Infrastructure, Landscape, Public Space

Team & partners

Marnix Vink
Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Alexandra Merkulova
Carlijn Klomp
Laura Spenkelink
JvantSpijker
Tröð

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