Designing a masterplan for an Arctic city is all about living with extremes— light, darkness, wind, snow, and nature. With a vision for a well-connected and lively city at all times of year, we’ve turned equally to the latest in climate modeling as to local history and heritage to inform the future of Bodø.
Our aim was to not only create a lasting connection between the existing poles of city— the urban core, the peripheral shopping district, and the airport -- but an entire framework for Bodø to expand its physical and cultural identity for decades to come.
The groundwork for strong communities is laid even before any infrastructure or buildings are erected. By studying local wind patterns and conducting climate analysis, we were able to extend the outdoor season in Bodø by an entire month.
Strategically cultivated vegetation and landscaping breaks up prevailing wind patterns to help create comfortable microclimates.
We tested building heights, slopes, and groupings against wind models to plan a city for all-weather use.
When designing for a city set into the majestic Artic landscape, where you don’t build is just as important as where you do. Bodø is a city of mountains, grasslands, and sea; the masterplan for the city maintains these connections even as it welcomes new research institutions, innovations hubs, and energy production. Threading nature in and around the city, in conjunction with a microclimate that controls wind, rain, and sunshine, the outdoors should more accessible than ever.
When it was announced that the Bodø airport would be relocated, the question of what to do with the old runway became the impetus for the transformation of the entire city. Preserving its central role to the city, the vacated runway will continue to be a community anchor and house seasonal recreational activities all year round.
With the expansion of the growing city imminent, the area in and around the vacated airport will now be populated by new housing development, university facilities, mobility hubs, and a sports center.
Rather than set rigid guidelines for sustainable urban development, we have developed a toolbox of solutions and idea for every scale, from the individual dwelling to the entire city. To put it simply, not only are individual homes built to optimize wind, light, noise, and energy factors, but so is the entire neighborhood.
New urban regions will be developed along our parameters for “Zero Emissions Neighborhoods”, including energy, environmental impact, mobility, economy, innovation, and spatial design.
Eventually, local food production and wind and water energy sources will be an integrated part of the urban fabric of Bodø.
The new airport completes the loop around Bodø, activating to the city’s sprawling waterfront and converging around the new runway district. At the center of it all is the “Green Shortcut", a series of playgrounds, parks, and public spaces that thread together to connect Bodø with an active mobility network.
A menu of well-connected mobility options ensures ease of access to all public, civic, and cultural institutions of the city—whether it is by bike, bus, or autonomous pods.
Where public transport doesn’t reach, e-bikes, car-sharing, or autonomous mobility pods complete the “first and last stretch” commute. The “green shortcut”, a car-free stretch of green space and public parks running through the city, connects the entire city from mountain to sea.