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Transformation Strategy Gufunes

Free Haven for Reykjavik  

Gufunes is a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the Reykjavik. This former industrial area with striking buildings and a vast green zone inland will gradually be turned into a haven for urban pioneers.

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The area functions as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing industrial buildings will be densified into a new urban center. The open green area transforms into a multifunctional recreational park for events and large-scale outdoor activities.

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The spatial strategy creates the conditions for a phased transformation, able to anticipate on different development speeds. A simple grid structures the industrial area, and a network of paths and roads organize the recreational landscape. The urban and park landscape are linked, and necessary connections with the surrounding urban environment and the shoreline are established. The framework ensures the overall spatial quality and functioning of the area. It both defines the frame and generates the conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings.

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A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. The heart of the community is the revitalized pier, where the first phase program is driven by the realization of the famous Baltasar Kormákur’s film studios in an existing warehouse. Around the pier a wide variety of functions and programs are planned: small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program. Together these interventions will put Gufunes on the map as a new destination in Reykjavik.

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Year

2016

Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

Type

Landscape

Client

Municipality of Reykjavik

Size

140 ha

Awards

1st Prize

Publications

De Architect
Visir
Architectenweb
Archello

Team & partners

Marnix Vink
Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Laura Spenkelink
Klaus-Peter Lorenz
Zofia Krzykawska
jvantspijker

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