Oslo harbour promenade.
The harbour promenade is one of the key elements of Fjordbyen, Oslo’s major urban development project of the early 21st century. White was commissioned to describe the way Oslo’s harbour promenade (9 km in length) should be designed and what its content should include.
Working with Rodeo Arkitekter, we produced scenarios for developing the waterfront districts of Akerhusstranda and Frognerstranda in 2014 and 2030. The intention behind the promenade is for it to link Frognerkilen in the west, with the mouth of the River Alna in the east.
The harbour promenade is going to become one of Oslo’s most visible icons – the structures being formed today are going to mould the way Oslo’s inhabitants, visitors and tourists experience the city far into the future.
A collaborative project between the city’s Agency for Planning and Building Services, Agency for Urban Development, Agency for Real Estate and Urban Renewal, and the Port of Oslo, has been established to guarantee long-term, sustainable planning of the area.
The proposals were established comprising eight strategies, with the aim of augmenting the links between surrounding city and fjord, improving the quality of the site and creating a promenade filled with memorable experiences. Design principles were developed on the basis of human needs such as creating movement, activity, play, rest and places to meet – all helping to enhance integration.
To commence the process immediately, “Testbeds” is an important approach intended to put activities and content to the test by constructing social networks that can operate in temporary pavilions, located along the promenade. It is suggested that a long-term planning process should be based on the unique qualities of each of these waterfront districts.
Oslo harbour promenade
- Client: Oslo kommune, Plan- og bygningsetaten
- Project Start/End: 2012-2013
- Completed: 2040
- City: Oslo
- Photographer/Illustrator: White/Rodeo
- Niels de Bruin - ansvarig landskapsarkitekt
- Louise Didriksson - ansvarig landskapsarkitekt
- Jeroen Matthijssen - landskapsarkitekt, klimatstudier
- Jenny Mäki - arkitekt
- Egil Blom - arkitekt
- Kajsa Sperling - arkitekt, ljusdesigner
- Håkan Olsson - industridesigner
- Daniel Hultman - 3D