Innovation District Rosenkrantzgate

Project information

Project details

  1. Year2020
  2. StatusUnder development
  3. Partners Civitas
  4. Client Sarpsborg kommune
  5. Enquiries Diana Cruz
  6. Scope Masterplanning
    Urban planning
    Residential design
    Workplace design

Innovation District Rosenkrantzgate—a new public transport hub at Sarpsborg station and main access street to the station—is the result of a close collaboration between Nordic - Office of Architecture and Civitas. Our team’s vision for the district highlights Rosenkrantzgate's unique character and potential transformation to a healthy, sustainable and vibrant street integrated in the Sarpsborg city centre.

Our goal is to support Sarpsborg municipality with the tools that will contribute to realising their goals. To achieve this, we have defined four ambitions to develop the framework for the transformation of Rosenkrantzgate. These ambitions are based on the UN's sustainability goals and will focus on: Value creation; City life and urban nature; Green mobility and tools for implementing the Sarpsborg Quarters 2.0.

For each ambition, we have proposed a variety of phased macro and micro strategies, implemented throughout the development and beyond. For each strategy, the individual's health and wellbeing is at the core of a sustainable urban development. We believe that a healthy lifestyle promotes healthy neighbourhoods and cities.

Optimal density

Optimal level of density for innovation

Rosenkrantzgate will be a new main access street between the future intercity railway station and the current pedestrian street in the city centre. The streetscape will have a unique character, dense with residences and workplaces. The goal is to support the city centre plan for the addition of 3.500 residents and 2.400 jobs by 2030.

The development of Rosenkrantzgate will play a role in strengthening Sarpsborg's economy and competitive edge in the region. Therefore, we imagine Innovation District Rosenkrantzgate as a benchmark for the area, where the development contributes to an urban environment for strong partnerships between research, business and public institutions, elevating innovation in the municipality.

Desirable district

Well-connected and desirable district

With a clear strategy, Rosenkrantzgate can become a brand and destination, attracting relevant players to engage and invest in the district.

The mobility strategy for Rosenkrantzgate depends on change and will also galvanise it; from a car-focused city to a pedestrian-friendly urban environment. Streets are public spaces for a variety of activities and functions—not only for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, but also landscape areas, water management spaces, play and sports areas, and other social spaces.

The new Rosenkrantzgate can become a model for similar developments with strong urban qualities and functional strategies that prioritise green mobility.


From ambition to implementation

Our team’s comprehensive development strategy looks at how the overall course of the streets and role of the quarters will converge with the future railway station and current city centre. We are providing input on measures at the street level and how the streetscape and facades can bring life to Rosenkrantzgate. An inclusive process with landowners becomes critical for a desirable outcome. We are looking beyond the property boundaries to create values ​​across the board, activate the area's resources and establish a new identity for Rosenkrantzgate. Therefore, we propose some instruments that the municipality can consider as a management tool for further dialogue with the landowners in the area.