A social harbour development

Wednesday 04 Nov 2009

Three schemes in the running for Odense Harbour

Odense Municipality have named three projects that will compete to further designs for the Danish city's harbour area creating a new public realm.

The three teams that will now further negotiations with the council are Masu Planning with Cornelius + Vöge, Polyform, and Entasis. The three have developed designs for the 32,000 sq m postindustrial site which will transform it into a cultural island for the entire city. The competition calls for a region to incorporate sports, living, leisure, art, conference, business, sustainability, culture and water activities.

The designs shown are those of Masu Planning with Cornelius + Vöge which envisages a new strategy for building in harbour areas: "In the proposal existing buildings and landscape are being activated from year 1. A new North Atlantic Cultural Centre, a Clima Knowledge Centre, Arts and Exhibition Centre and a Sports Centre for the city are being integrated in rebuilt, existing houses," said Dan Cornelius of Cornelius + Vöge. "At the same time reused barges and boats are used to activate the coastline with youth hostels, workshops, restaurants etc. In the further stages of the development new Conference Centre and small scale housing and business facilities are being integrated in the final scheme.

"The Scheme provided a very flexible strategy open for changes and dialogue with the users. A new landscape element integrates the existing large scale industrial buildings with the smaller scale of new buildings by linking interior public spaces with formal and informal urban spaces between buildings. The scheme is open for change and transformation allowing users to influence the development of the area."

The winning project, which will be decided upon in March 2010, will join further privately funded regenerative projects near the harbour which have been in the progress since 2003.

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