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Faroe Islands Design Competition : Klaksvík City Center

Architectural Contest Entry : Urban Proposal

2 Feb 2012

Faroe Islands Design Competition

Open International Urban Design Competition for Klaksvík City Center

This urban design competition has been arranged by Klaksvík Town Municipality located in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. This brief is the basis of the urban design competition for the town center in Klaksvík and the competition outline is arranged by Klaksvík Municipality in cooperation with Selmar Nielsen Arkitektur and the competition conditions of Arkitektafelag Føroyar. The architecture competition is open to all. Proposals are due by 27th April 2012 at the latest.

Faroe Islands landscape
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Over the last 200 years, Klaksvík has grown from five settlements of a mere 100 people to a modern town of 5000 inhabitants. The large and swift population growth was triggered by the growing fishing industry, which led to the development of the areas along the shore for industrial purposes.

The central part of town is virtually undeveloped and with a recent landfill in the center area, where the shore used to be, you are now invited to enter the contest for providing Klaksvík with a masterplan for a new town center.

Faroe Islands
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This design contest was initiated so that Klaksvík may take advantage of the untapped resources that lie in the town’s center. The ideas generated by this contest are to be used for the creation and arrangement of Klaksvík’s town center, which will be comprised by new residential and commercial areas, offices, public institutions, and leisure areas; as well as all the services that citizens can expect from a town center. The winning entry will be used as the basis for new building regulations and for inspiration for new construction work in Klaksvík’s center.

Klaksvík Faroe Islands
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In preparation for this contest, Klaksvík Municipality has undertaken an update of its master plan with the main emphasis on projection of future numbers and fi gures, and an updated analysis of commerce and trade in Klaksvík. Together with Klaksvík’s conservation group, municipal records have been made of conservation worthy land areas, buildings, landscapes and other historic sites in Klaksvík, some of which are still recognizable today while others have vanished or been forgotten.

Klaksvík Municipality hopes to receive many entries and will award a total of 800,000 DKK. A 1st place prize of 400,000 DKK and a 2nd place prize of 150.000 DKK will be awarded, in addition to other purchases of proposals and honorable mentions. More information can be found on Klaksvík’s website www. klaksvik.fo. The contest summary and supplemental documents can be downloaded from www.ark.fo.

Faroe Islands
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Klaksvík Open International Urban Design Contest : http://gjald.sna.fo/


an Invitation for the Urban Design Competition Klaksvík, a town by the sea, lies between high mountains and deep fjords in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. Th e center of the town, the heart of Klaksvík, covers the town central area by the estuary and extends outwards along the east and west banks of the harbor.

We want a contemporary city center, that still manages to preserve the city’s heritage. We want a city center that is forward thinking and will make Klaksvík an interesting place to live and work in.

We invite you to enter this contest. We know that there are numerous professions capable of providing us with unique perspectives and inventive and imaginative ideas on creating a town center. We want more for our town.

A comprehensive plan and a planning process will be of significant importance for the continued development of our town. This competition brief provides the source material for the proposals for Klaksvík’s future. This contest is open to all, and we hope that the provided material will generate proposals for an organization model and a comprehensive plan around which Klaksvík’s Council, citizenry, and industry can rally – a long-term and strategic plan that Klaksvík Municipality can embrace.

Faroe Islands life
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We are convinced that Klaksvík is at a unique point in its history. While Klaksvík’s identity is made up of three pillars: fishing industry, music and sports; there is a broadmindedness amongst its inhabitants on the town’s direction. Expressions of opinion are freely aired, and there is an ongoing, open debate on the future of the municipality.

We therefore urge contestants to do their utmost to focus on a comprehensive plan and organizational guidelines that will serve to strengthen the future development of Klaksvík Municipality.

On behalf of Klaksvík City Council
Gunvá við Keldu Mayor

Klaksvík Website: www.klaksvik.fo

Klaksvík City Center Design – Faroe Islands Competition Entry
Kubota & Bachmann Architects
Klaksvík City Center Design
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Klaksvík City Center Design – 4 Jun 2012
This urban design competition is located in the northern part of the Faroe Islands. The architecture competition was open to all. “The first step towards future Klasvík is a central situated square referring to the former landscape”.

Location: Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Architecture

Faroe Islands Education Centre
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and a team of consultants win the largest ever commission on the Faroe Islands for a 19.200 m2 Education Centre in Torshavn.
Faroe Islands Building
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Torshavn Education Centre

Northern European Buildings – Selection

Katuaq Culture Centre, Nuuk, Greenland
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Katuaq Culture Centre
photo : Joachim Ladefoged
Greenland Building

Arctic Culture Centre, Hammerfest, Finnmark county, northern Norway
Arctic Culture Centre
picture from a-lab
Arctic Culture Centre

Cabin Inside-Out, Hvaler, Norway
Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Cabin Inside Out
photo : Kim Müller
Cabin Inside-Out

Comments / photos for the Faroe Islands Architecture Competition page welcome

Website: Faroe Islands