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Urban harbor - Hafnarfjörður, IS

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The jury of the Hafnarfjörður planning competition in Iceland, which called for an integral vision to redevelop the harbour area in the center of this coastal town, has announced jvantspijker & partners as ex aequo winners.

The winners were congratulated on June 1st, in a ceremony in Hafnarfjörður by the mayor, the directors of the harbour and the jury,




The winning scheme proposes to embrace the characteristic bay of Hafnarfjörður.
This is done by organizing a string of public programs along the shoreline and by upgrading quaysides and coastal zones to become an continuous high quality public space and thriving new community.



Further to this, the jvantspijker team proposes to redevelop the existing harbor area into two different zones: One area will be dedicated to form a new housing community, offering a mix of housing types ranging from affordable housing to family housing. On strategic areas small grain commercial program will be added to this area because as it's strong relation with the new mobility and development axis the greater capital are are implementing.



Another part of the existing port will be densified and intensified into an area with harbor related programs such as working area, cruise ship terminal, and R&D institute for fisheries.



Together the proposal provides an inspiring new heart of the community, a framework along which diverse, future developments can be organized. The framework vision will much better connect the harbour with the city centre, improve facilities for bicycle and pedestrians enhance coherence in public space and by providing clarity it creates value for the future of both the port Hafnarfjörður the town and its people.


Project data

NameUrban harbor - Hafnarfjörður, IS
Area87.000 m2, 20 Ha, mixed use development including a public waterfront and a housing area
Statuswinner competition 2018, ongoing
Design teamJaakko van 't Spijker, Orri Steinarsson, Julio Gil Farina, Federica Giannone, Jesse Wijnen, Dimitrios Andrinopoulos