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Seaside Gardens, Gufunes

Resilient neighborhood for Reykjavik, Iceland

For the development of the northern waterfront of Gufunes, Reykjavik in Iceland, Seaside Gardens provides 45.000m2 of mixed program on an area of 4ha and is to be developed in the coming 5-10 years. The plan strongly emphasizes the local identity of this waterfront area, tapping into both the unpolished atmosphere of the existing industrial area and the rugged natural setting of the coastline to create a resilient, mixed use neighborhood. 

Master plan

The development of this adventurous area is both a next step and a first piece of the puzzle that Jvantspijker & Felixx already laid out in 2016 with their winning masterplan for the whole Gufunes area. The masterplan focused on transforming the 140-hectare Gufunes area on the outskirts of Reykjavik into an unpolished safe haven for start-ups, urban pioneers and creative businesses.

Three parts

The new settlement has the potential to become a diverse and bustling community with great connections to both the city life as well as to the shoreline, the sea, and breathtaking views on the mountains across the bay. We divided the area into three parts, each with its own distinctive characteristics, bonded together by a distinctly urban fabric of streets, squares, paths and gardens.

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The Garden Campus is a lush residential area with urban villas in the green, positioned to maximize sea views and create sheltered, sunny gardens. This green residential area by the sea is simple and stylish, which works well and creates a good connection between the beach area and the courtyards.

The City Street runs parallel to the seashore and is designed to create an intimate, sheltered atmosphere. A divers series of buildings with neighborhood functions are playfully positioned along this urban spine that joins the green residential area to the slender towers at the cliff’s end.

The third key area, Beach Towers connects the City Street with the magnificent Gufunes cliffs and Cinema Square in front of the RVK film studio’s, creating a highly urban spot that refers to the geothermal water & the sea-beach, activating the plinths around the square with spa, sauna, health center and cafés & restaurants. Cinema Square, at the white beach, will be a kind of "head" of the project at the end of City Street, a lively square with all the potential to become an attraction in itself and connect the Gufuness area as a whole.

Type

Masterplan, Landscape, Public Space

Client

SPILDA

Size

4 ha

Awards

1st prize design competition

Publications

World Landscape Architect
Architectenweb
De Architect
e-architect
MBL Iceland

Team & partners

Michiel van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Alessandro Rosa
Maria E. Castrillo
jvantspijker & partners
Andersen & Sigurdsson Architecten
Steengoed
Peter Andreas Sattrup

 

List
  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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