Typology:  Urbanism

Location:  Ålgård, Norway

Status:  Parallel Assignment, 1nd prize, On-going

Client:  Gjesdal Municipality

Collaborators:  C.F Møller OsloDronninga Landskap

Team:  Ines Correia, Marit Justine Haugen, Dan Zohar

"How can a city centre

grow and prosper between two shopping malls?"

Ålgård Centre

Urban Strategy

Ålgård has the advantage of a closeness to cultural and natural landscapes. While the already built areas are mainly located along the riverside in the valley while heights and hills frame in the landscape.

  • A square is established south of the station, surrounded by the two churches and the station building.

  • The rail yard that is located on the square, divides the space into smaller zones.

  • A green axis runs across Ålgård center and the square and and makes Figgjoelva more accessible.  A new footbridge is established from the residential areas east of Ålgård to the new square. The green axis brings with it greenery through the center and on to the surrounding residential and green areas.

  • Dagny Mellgrens gate is converted to a new town street along the north-south axis, and establishes a direct connection from the station, via the square towards Magneten. The street introduces a denser urban structure and ensures visual contact between the two shopping centers.

  • The organization of the retail in Ålgård gets a so-called "meat leg principle", with a center of gravity at each end. These centers are proposed to be built with public functions (cultural center, cinema, library, school, etc.). While along the east side of Dagny Mellgrens gate, a more mixed use organization is proposed.

Ålgård Sentrum coming to life

The masterplan

Urban Plan

Aerial view

Section

Visualizations from preliminary phase

Umbrella Installation

Plan - Umbrella installation

Facades - Umbrella installation

Farmers market under the umbrellas

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