The project transforms a leftover area in the city center of Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, into a new urban space.
The overall aim of the transformation is to create more life in the city center by improving the public space and creating better conditions for pedestrians, new places to sit and relax, and new possibilities for temporary events and activities. Using the existing height difference of more than 4 meters, the new urban staircase is created in the leftover area connection surrounding small public areas and combining them into one coherent public space.
The new staircase is made of Faroese stones (basalt) which is a historic building material on the islands. The traditionally hard material is given a new organic and modern design as the steps flow around in the area and connect the different parts of the city. Some steps are sitting steps where you can sit, enjoy the sun and overlook the square in front of the staircase. Other steps are deeper and provide space for temporary events.
The project is the first part to be realized from the new masterplan for the Faroese capital of Tórshavn which ZETA won in May 2014.