C.F. Møller has won the competition to develop the urban core of the growing town of Ålgård, just south of Stavanger in Norway. With 10,000 residents, the town of Ålgård, south of Stavanger, has reached a size that will make it possible to develop a real urban centre.
Four teams took part in the competition, which C.F. Møller has won. Team C.F. Møller comprises Dronninga landskap, Haugen/Zohar Architects, the social sciences analysis company Vista Analyse, the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) and Erichsen & Horgen, which is a firm of HVAC and energy and environment consultants.
With the winning proposal, the centre of Ålgård will become a proper town, while also retaining the local community's unique character and landscape.
The proposal designs an urban centre based on the principle that 'Everything is close to everything', so that as many functions as possible are available within a short distance. Compact, high buildings are designed to give a striking architectural impression and more life in the town, as well as less traffic, retaining Ålgård's attractive landscape areas.
The starting point for the design of the new urban centre is the town's original hub: the Figgjoelva River. The watercourse will be led into the centre of Ålgård so that it once again becomes a town by the river, with scope for a multifaceted, lively urban centre.
The local authority wishes to have an open, inclusive process. A draft of the new holistic plan is expected to be ready before the end of March 2014.