Alongside three other teams, MVRDV and Space Group have presented their proposal for a new masterplan for Madla-Revheim outside Stavanger, Norway this week. Madla-Revheim is the main development area outside Stavanger, and MVRDV and Space Group have suggested 4,000 housing units on the 780-acre site area, in addition to public programs and sports facilities.
The aim of the commission is to develop models for sustainable growth on the site, considering development principles, transportation systems and built structures as parts of one whole.
Stavanger has established a unique position both in a Norwegian context and internationally. A culture of ambition, innovation and entrepreneurship has shaped the city into what it is today - Europe’s capital of Energy, a strong cultural hub and a destination for breathtaking extreme sport.
Due to the booming offshore industry the region has doubled its population since 1950 and is continuing to grow rapidly. Currently Stavanger/Sandnes has the second largest growth rate in the country. This makes urban densification both a necessity and a desire.
Madla Revheim is positioned at the point where the urban and the rural meet. Identifying two clearly defined zones - a green zone and an urban zone - allows for a concentration of development along the perimeter of the site in order to realise the collective quality of a large scale common space, a recognisable quality at the heart of the development: Madla’s Green.
The development avoids the equal distribution of program and realises ‘green’ and ‘urban’ that strengthen each other in a symbiotic manner. It answers to the site conditions that define an ideal zone for housing on the perimeter and the development of an open green area in the central area. This allows for the development of a unique character that combines the inserted urban qualities with the existing rural qualities.