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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
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  7. Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood
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  10. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  11. The Unbound Amsterdam
  12. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  13. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  14. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  15. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  16. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  17. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  18. Jonas Amsterdam
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  20. Public Space Alpen
  21. Cartesius Quarter
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  24. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  25. Bao’An G107 Corridor
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  27. Waterfront Novosibirsk
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  30. Strategic Urban Green Study
  31. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  32. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
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  34. Ódinstorg Square
  35. Overloon War Museum
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  39. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
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  42. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  43. Socio-technical city of the future
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  45. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  46. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  47. Maritime Campus Almere
  48. Resilient Riverscape Berat
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  50. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  51. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  52. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  53. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  54. Fish Market Leuven
  55. Zinder Culture Cluster
  56. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  57. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  58. Strategic Plan Fier
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  61. Dharavi Mumbai
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  63. Urban Test Farm Emmen
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  65. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  66. Berlin Am Volkspark
  67. The Museum of the 20th Century
  68. Gardabaer
  69. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  70. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  71. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  72. 5YN3RGY
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  74. Danxia Recreational Park
  75. Campus Lelystad
  76. Proto Tamansari
  77. City Gardens Tyumen
  78. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  79. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  80. Bandar Lampung Park
  81. R&D Campus Fengxian
  82. S-West Eindhoven
  83. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  84. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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