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Henning Larsen Unveils Plans for a Sustainable City Development in the Faroe Islands

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 7, 2012 @ 10:12 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Building,Urban design | No Comments

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Henning Larsen was awarded first place in an international design competition to create a new urban plan for the city of Klaksvík [1], which is situated in the island of Borðoy, the largest of the northern islands. The city spans over two opposite mountain ridges, connected by a low-lying area where two inlets meet. Because of its location, the city is particularly windy, so designing for comfort and microclimate were high priorities. To provide a more sheltered environment, Henning Larsen came up with a plan to confuse the wind in the city centre. By shifting the buildings and re-aligning the streets, the new plan will break up the dominant south-east and north-west winds.

The project will consist of a star-shaped central city square that provides a connection between the adjacent waterfront, urban center and the green areas. The 150,000 m2 area will also house a cultural house, a museum, residences, offices and shops. In addition, the city centre will also be connected to a continuous system of paths that connects the three surrounding areas. ”Our project consists of a continuous plan that connects the three new city districts with each their own theme”, explains architect and architectural design manager Ósbjørn Jacobsen [2], Henning Larsen Architects. “The plan offers a new green, recreational area; an urban development with a central, unifying city square and shops, cafes and a library and, as the third new district, a maritime area with a new cultural house and a new maritime museum, among others.”

+ Henning Larsen Architects [3]

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[1] Klaksvík: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaksv%C3%ADk

[2] Ósbjørn Jacobsen: http://www.henninglarsen.com/news/archive/2012/06/sustainable-city-development-in-the-faroe-islands.aspx

[3] + Henning Larsen Architects: http://www.henninglarsen.com/

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