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Nichtoffener Wettbewerb | 12/2021

Strategic Masterplan Keflavík Airport Area (IS)

Gewinner

KCAP

Architektur, Stadtplanung / Städtebau

WSP Deutschland AG

Projektsteuerung

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Landschaftsarchitektur

MIC-HUB S.r.l.

Verkehrsplanung

VSO Consulting

Bauingenieurwesen

Buck Consultans International

Projektsteuerung

Buro Happold

Bauingenieurwesen

Base Design

Design

Maurits Schaafsma

Stadtforschung, Stadtplanung / Städtebau

Amberg Loglay AG

Bauingenieurwesen

Kanon Arkitektar

Architektur

Erläuterungstext

The winning proposal aims to capitalise on Keflavik‚Äôs strategic position between Europe and North America, its plentiful supply of renewable energy, and the captivating landscape of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark; it sets the path for long-term sustainable development and acts as a catalyst to innovate the Icelandic economy. At the same time, the masterplan seeks to ensure that the airport and local communities of Reykjanesb√¶r and Su√įurnesjab√¶r grow together in a mutually beneficial manner. With that in mind, Team KCAP‚Äôs proposal emphasises projects that have a strong local ownership and respond to existing needs.

The team‚Äôs strategy identifies catalyst sites that can achieve a high impact in terms of identity and value creation. These sites form a polycentric urban archipelago, connected by the landscape of the Airport Corridor. Landscape innovation will be deployed to integrate climate mitigation, and will play a fundamental role as the ‚Äėidentity carrier‚Äô for the airport area. Tapping into the government‚Äôs climate action plan that identifies reforestation as a top priority, the landscape concept connects the Airport Corridor into a national network of reforestation projects. A future oriented mobility vision comprising the Keflav√≠k-Reykjav√≠k Link (BRT), local public transport and active mobility linkages connects the airport area‚Äôs urban nodes for travellers, workers and inhabitants alike.

Different development strategies have been assigned to the catalyst sites, from greenfield interventions to the transformation and densification of existing built areas; carefully phased timelines allow for the different areas to be developed simultaneously and incrementally, according to market demand. The catalyst sites facilitate diversification into new sectors such as the production of green hydrogen, electric aviation, hi-tech agriculture, and marine aquaculture. Keflavík Airport Area will attract new high-value companies and create opportunities for a diverse workforce; the economic strategy will deepen the talent pool for innovative sectors by attracting international experts as well as improving educational opportunities for the local population. This is based on the team’s belief that knowledge and skills acquired overseas can be brought back to benefit the Icelandic economy, and that investment in economic development should also target the development of the labor force.
To transform the Masterplan Framework for Keflav√≠k Airport Area into reality, the multidisciplinary team developed a cohesive yet incremental strategy for the catalyst sites. ‚ÄėA project of such significance requires a bold and at the same time sensitive approach. A step-by-step roadmap will provide investors with a trajectory that responds to the possibilities, to the market, to the culture of development and to the stakeholder landscape over time. This gradual approach should also apply to stakeholder relations, which need to be developed with great care so as to create a resilient and ambitious organisation,‚Äô says Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, partner in charge at KCAP. Positioning Kadeco - the client - as a forward-looking collaborative partner, capable of realising a vision for change, is vital for the future of the project.

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The winning proposal seeks to capitalize on Keflavik’s strategic position between Europe and North America, its plentiful supply of renewable energy, and the captivating landscape of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark. At the same time, the masterplan emphasizes a people-focused approach, called airport urbanism, to ensure that the airport and local communities grow together in a mutually beneficial manner.

The winning proposal identifies three catalyst sites that will strengthen existing industries and promote development in new areas such as green hydrogen, electric aviation, and marine aquaculture. The catalyst sites are connected by a multimodal Airport Corridor that will significantly improve ground connections between the airport and the Reykjavik capital area. The Airport Corridor also forms the centerpiece of Team KCAP’s ambitious landscape strategy, which proposes reforestation as both a climate mitigation tool and as a clever placemaking technique.
Southeast view of the Keflavík Airport Area

Southeast view of the Keflavík Airport Area

Northwest view of the Eco-Tech-Park at √Āsbr√ļ Airside

Northwest view of the Eco-Tech-Park at √Āsbr√ļ Airside

Requisite coordination to create an attractive urban environment and sustainable prosperi

Requisite coordination to create an attractive urban environment and sustainable prosperi

Keflavík Airport Area Strategic Masterplan

Keflavík Airport Area Strategic Masterplan

Airport Corridor Landscape Concept

Airport Corridor Landscape Concept

Landscape Strategies for Airport Corridor

Landscape Strategies for Airport Corridor

Reykjavík Link site plan with locations of terminal and intermediate stations

Reykjavík Link site plan with locations of terminal and intermediate stations

An integrated system of Public Transport, Vehicle Circulation and Active Mobility within the Airport Area

An integrated system of Public Transport, Vehicle Circulation and Active Mobility within the Airport Area