Project type: Mixed-use development
Location: Narvik, Norway
Client: Municipality of Narvik, Narvikgården AS
Size: – sqm/GFA
Status: Europan 14 Competition, Special Mention
Project team: A-PLATZ + MEMO Architecture, INLANDSIS landscape
The site of the future ‘Tehnical Quarter’ in Narvik suffers from a lack of a clear urban definition, we detect a backyard effect despite it’s central position within the town. This is often symptomatic of an urban fabric situated in proximity to intrusive infrastructures such as the highway and the railway.
Apparently characterised by spontaneous successive development, the site appears to have developed organically and constitutes an urban fragment of it’s own. A mix of different architectural type buildings were erected on the site, and despite the obsolete image of some of them, they have tectonic qualities and they are starting to define a valuable three square-courtyard morphology, a possible stage in a further evolution.
In this context we identify a great potential, we search for an intensification of existing places and the conservation of the memory of place in order to find and restore an urban space identity. We propose to redefine and complete the urban fabric, not to replace it. We propose to upgrade all the valuable existing buildings and to add new buildings to the existing fabric in order to create both diversity and structure. We are sensitive to the need of setting up smaller entities, in terms of public space and architectural types, to create living areas of activity that are clearly identified at the scale of the townscape and we seek to set up parameters that can spur the animation of the public space. In this way a sense of density combined with a sense of community can become a possibility.
Model photos: Zoltán Biró