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Elliðaárvogur development area

Living units: 3500
Commercial floor space: 420,000 square meters.
Construction period: 2015-2030+


This is a thread dedicated to the redevelopment of the Elliðaárvogur area in Reykjavík. It is the largest development area in the city where the focus is on urban-style development rather than the usual suburbia of recent decades. I refer to the whole area as Elliðaárvogur for simplicity although strictly speaking it only applies to the coast around the river mouth. Ártúnshöfði is also used for the southern and eastern parts of the area. These names are probably a mouthful for non-natives like the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Elliðaár is the river that runs through Reykjavík's eastern suburbs and Elliðaárvogur simply means the bay where this river meets the ocean.



The potential of the area should be clear from looking at it's location within the Reykjavík metro area. It can be said that the metro area has three arms that come together at this central location. One is the peninsula to the west with the oldest parts of Reykjavík, another is the neighbouring towns to the south to Hafnarfjörður and the third one is the northeastern suburbs of Reykjavík and the town of Mosfellsbær.



Private parties have for long seen the potential of the area and made suggestions about it but the city auhorities did not focus on it until the last few years. A part of the area, Bryggjuhverfið, was actually developed around 2000 as a residential neighborhood by the sea with some urban characteristics, seen in the foreground on the picture below. Most of the area however consists of crude industry, car mechanics and stuff like that from a time when this area was on the outskirts of the city.



The new general plan for Reykjavík that was adopted last year emphasizes a strong “growth axis” along a west to east corridor from the old town harbour along the peninsula and through the Elliðaárvogur. High quality public transit should run along the corridor and the development around it should be dense, mixed-use and urban in nature. The city has divided the area into a few sectors for planning purposes. The basis is a general outline report done by Kanon Architects and VSÓ Consulting in 2010. The following pictures are from that report.


A basic concept map.


Possible buildings.


Major arterial roads (red), main streets (orange) and transit corridor (green).


Main street cross-section.


Suggestion for bulding heights (number of stories).


Division into development sectors. The orange "Þróun" zone is set aside for later consideration but this scheme was later changed to include the western orange zone in sector 1.

A competition for a masterplan in sector 1 has already been concluded and a legally binding zoning plan is being prepared on the basis of the winning proposals. Actual construction based on the plan might begin there this year. A second competion is currently being conducted for a masterplan for sectors 2, 3 and 4. Results from that competition should be published in April. LAter posts to this thread will go into the suggested and approved plans.
 

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Sector 1 is called Vogabyggð and covers the western bank of the river. A competition was held in 2014 for a development plan. The two entries below were selected as winners.


jvantspijker + FELIXX, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Teiknistofan Tröð, Reykjavík, Iceland

The winning firms then got to jointly develop a masterplan that combined features from each entry. The combined masterplan (below) is the basis for the dvelopment of the area that should start in 2015.


Here is a video with renders of the masterplan:
 

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It's a couple of months behind schedule but a winning proposal has been selected for the eastern part of the area. A few pictures from the winning entry:



The plan involves 5100 new homes and a lot of commercial building as well. There is a strong focus on the west-east transit corridor which is a fundamental aspect of the city master plan for the coming decades.
 

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Are you expecting a population growth? Cause those projects look BIG!
The population of Iceland is expected to grow faster than in most other European countries in the coming years/decades. The population is younger on average and the fertility rate higher than in most countries. There is also a built-up shortage of housing in the Reykjavík area because new construction has been slow in the years after the economic crisis of 2008. I don't think this is all that big when put in perspective with the new suburbs built in the 1980s and 1990s, those had a lot more housing units but spread out over a much larger area.
 
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