This winner of an international urban design competition proposes a strategy for the redevelopment of an area of approximately 140 hectares, north-east of the city centre. The concept considers the area as a programmatic overflow area for downtown Reykjavík.
The city centre can hardly cope with increasing (touristic) pressure. Gufunes will be the unpolished antidote, a haven for starters, urban pioneers and creative businesses. The existing large industrial halls have been acquired by a large film company as studios. This has attracted a number of other companies related to the movie industry and has kickstarted the redevelopment. The film city programs have become a catalyst for the development of the rest of the area.
This project is the winning proposal of an international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik for a strategic redevelopment of an area of approximately 140 hectares.
We won with a proposal that considers this area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. The city can hardly cope with the increasing (touristic) pressure in the center. Gufunes will be the unpolished antidote, a haven for starters, urban pioneers and creative businesses.
The spatial strategy provides a framework with conditions for a phased transformation. A grid generates flexible conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings. It creates conditions for urban pioneers to come settle in the area. A public coastal path keeps the sea accessible for the public.
The existing large industrial halls on site have been acquired by a large film company to be used as film studios. This has attracted a number of other companies related to the movies industry. The film industry has kickstarted the redevelopment and the film city programs have become a catalyzer for the development of the rest of the area.
A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. Around the small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program will be concentrated.
The masterplan will guide Gufunes to become a new destination in Reykjavik.
|Name||Gufunes, Masterplan for film city - Reykjavik, IS|
|Status||international competition 1st prize, ongoing|
|Client||Municipality of Reykjavík|
|Design collaborations||urbanism and landscape; Felixx|
|Design team||Orri Steinarsson, Jaakko van 't Spijker, Paul van den Bergh, Julio Gil Farina, Jesse Wijnen, Dimitrios Andrinopoulos, Carolina Eboli, Federica Gianonne, Zoi Kokogia|