Tórshavn city center

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With the project “Stitching Landscape”, ZETA has won 1. prize in the open competition for a new masterplan for the Faroese capitol of Tórshavn. The competition was a two part competition for both an overall masterplan for the city center and a project proposal for Steinatún, a central square in the city. ZETA was awarded 1. Prize for both the masterplan and the project proposal for Steinatún.

The project deals with 10 different locations in the city center and proposes new vision for the further development of each location. These visions range from adding new functions such as an urban mediaspace and cultural house or a new underground parkingarea combined with an urban eventspace on top to reopening the city’s river that for many years have been hidden away underneath one of the main roads. Together these new visions create the overall masterplan for the city center introducing a new physical and functional structure.

The Jury said about the project:

The project Stitching Landscape ranges from big scale to small scale creating a vision of a diverse and coherent city center. The project deals with both urban planning, architecture, urban spaces and urban design.

The project is wide ranging dealing on all levels with an overall strategy of letting the city evolve gradually. Focus of the project is on supporting the diversity of the city and it shows how the framework for a richer urban life can be created through empathetic actions. The project combines actions and approaches here and now with larger long-term plans like a new cultural house at Vestaravág.

As a whole the project is beautifully performed and supplies with its many images and visualizations a direct access to many approaches for the future work with the city. The large amount of visualizations highlights the many thoughts and ideas that hold up the project well.

Facts

TYPEOPEN COMPETITION, 1. PRIZE
PROGRAMURBAN PLANNING, URBAN DESIGN
CLIENTTHE MUNICIPALITY OF TÓRSHAVN
LOCATIONTÓRSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS
YEAR2014
STATUSWINNING PROPOSAL, IN PROGRESS