2010 - 2035
Life before the city – a city for life
Knitting the city, the harbour and the railway terrain more closely together
The industrial harbour and the railway terrain in the city of Køge is to be developed into a vibrant and sustainable urban district. A district that is to knit all of Køge more closely together in a process lasting until 2040, strengthening the city’s efforts to become an attractive spot in the Copenhagen and greater Øresund region, the area extending on both sides of the strait between Denmark and Sweden. Vandkunsten has been involved in this highly ambitious project from the outset.
The urban development project was launched in 2009 by Køge Municipality and the development fund Realdania with a competition for a development plan for the area. Vandkunsten won the competition as part of a consortium involving several other partners. In 2011, the motto ‘Life before the city – a city for life’ was selected as the overarching concept for the project.
The development plan contains both a plan for the physical design of Køge Coast and a number of strategies for the focus areas that are going to drive the development of the area. These interdisciplinary focus areas involve culture, sustainability, construction and business promotion.
”‘In individual municipalities, there are often many years between large-scale transformation projects. Vandkunsten brings specialized experience with this type of work, which enables us to take on an extraordinary role as consultants to the municipal decision-makers with the purpose of developing the basic tools that are needed in the development process.”
- Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Arkitect MAA, partner
A solid partnership
So far, Vandkunsten has been involved in most project phases and handled tasks for the partner company Køge Kyst P/S, Køge Municipality and several developers. The project is well aligned with our experiences from large-scale transformation processes, where new elements are combined with the existing setting in an interaction with history and the physical environment. Therefore, Vandkunsten also serves as a consultant to the Køge Kyst development company in order to ensure an optimal long-term development in agreement with the project vision.
Elastic design guide rather than a tight local plan
While the development plan includes detailed and specific descriptions of the built environment in the new area, the actual local plan is much looser. Instead, catalogues of possibilities, almost like architectural design manuals, explain how the individual areas should be addressed to ensure high architectural quality. These catalogues serve as a framework for the dialogue among landowners and for the ongoing development and adaptation of individual building projects with regard to architecture, budgets, ambitions etc.
Knitting on a local scale
Metaphorically speaking, Vandkunsten’s approach to urban planning is not dissimilar to repairing a well-worn but cherished knit sweater or shawl. We pick up the good stitches to knit a denser city that incorporates modern elements with the best of the existing qualities and features. In the case Køge Coast, this involves combining the charm and existing scale of the old city with contemporary needs for mobility, attractive commercial zone as well as retail spaces.
Stage 0 – a consistent theme for urban development
The development of Køge Coast unfolds in 13 stages. The initial stage, Stage 0, which is now completed, aimed to let local citizens take over and explore the project area over a five-year period. During this phase, among other contributions, Vandkunsten created the temporary route ‘The Thread’ (Tråden), where a series of temporary urban spaces and activities enabled cultural and other activities along the route to leave permanent traces and thus serve as a foundation for the future development of the area.
In a lengthy and comprehensive project such as Køge Coast, Vandkunsten brings in a competent interdisciplinary team to handle the job. The team has extensive experience with complex political processes and is generally equipped to take a constructive approach and ensure continuous progress in development projects that involve many different stakeholders.
Photo of temporary urban space, the View (’Udsigten’: Martin Håkan)
Selected for the Biennale
The comprehensive transformation plan for Køge Coast is process based urban planning with people and community at the center. Therefore, we are honoured that the project was selected to represent Danish architecture at the Venice Biennale 2016.
With your feet in the sand
Development areas are adjacent to the coast and recreational pathways and hangout spaces frame good times for inhabitants of the neighborhood as well as the town. We are commisioned by realestate clients to design housing on several plots. The first homes on the Southern Harbor ‘SH-1’ are ready to receive their owners in May 2017
Project name: Køge Coast (Køge Kyst)
Category:Commercial, Housing, Planning
Client: Køge Kyst P/S (REALDANIA and City of Køge)
Gross area: 320.000 m²
Date: 2010 - 2035
Status: Under development
Program: Housing, retail, infrastructure, urban space culture house
Activity: Masterplan, local development plan, local planning, housing, landscape, user involvement, client consultancy.
Job type: 1st Prize in competition
Contact: Jan Albrechtsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project group: Pernille Schyum Poulsen, Rikke Møller Andersen, Susanne Schelde, Kristian Svejborg, Camilla Libonati, Kristian Martinsen, Olmo Ahlmann, Flemming Ibsen, Thomas Nybo Rasmussen, Christian Stahlfest Holck Skov, Jan Albrechtsen
Employees: Morten Dam Feddersen
Landscape: KAB, 3B, Domea
Engineer: Tyrens AB, Esbensen, Sloth Møller
Consultant: Center for idræt og arkitektur (KADK), Albæk Byggerådgivning, ICP, Claus Bech-Danielsen, Lise Gamst