Laksevåg District - Detailed Zoning Plan

Project information

  1. Location Bergen Norway
  2. Area150.000 m²

Project details

  1. Year2021 — ongoing
  2. StatusUnder development
  3. Partners Opus
  4. Client Marin Eiendomsutvikling AS
  5. Enquiries Fidan Krasniqi
  6. Scope Urban planning

Laksevåg shipyard in Bergen is one of western Norway's largest urban development areas. Together with Marin Eiendomsutvikling AS (client), Opus and SLA, we are working on the detailed zoning plan.

Transforming a shipyard

The old Laksevåg shipyard is one of Bergen's most extensive urban development and transformation projects. Shipbuilding has taken place at Laksevåg shipyard since 1805. The new project will contribute to further developing Bergen and revitalising the district of Laksevåg. The objective is to create a climate-friendly and future-oriented urban development where we not only preserve, but also enhance Laksevåg's rich and diverse history.

Historic promenade

Our plan is to base the site on its historical identity and to strengthen the area's existing qualities. The proximity to the fjord and its potential will be utilised and the site's qualities will be made visible and strengthened through new cross-connections, new visual connections with the surrounding areas and a new park and activity spaces along the fjord, including a promenade. New buildings and the central square must relate to the fjord and contribute to safeguarding and strengthening its qualities.

Historic buildings and built environments such as quaysides, cranes, piers and dry docks will still have a prominent place and will be tied together with new pedestrian connections. The ambition is to reuse over 80% of all buildings within the planning area. These are to be transformed and rehabilitated and given a strong identity and modernised programming. The new network of streets and connections will open up the area for pedestrians and cyclists and ensure connections both through the area towards the fjord and provide contact with the surrounding areas.

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Car free district

Furthermore, the planning initiative facilitates a varied housing composition with different housing types and ownership relationships, so that it will be possible for all types of home buyers to find an attractive home. The project will contain everything from student housing and family housing to housing for the elderly and people with needs for shared accommodation.

Rather than building massive parking garages and therefore having to pull the cars into the area, we instead put a compact parking garage close to the main road network. The car park should be thought of as a mobility hub that contributes to attractive transitions between car, bicycle and walking. It also includes a separate goods delivery hub for distribution, including a separate recycling terminal for waste handling. The area is planned for low parking coverage and speed and gives high priority for pedestrians and cyclists and according to the principles of shared space. Several of the areas towards Puddefjord are planned to be virtually car-free. The idea is that it should be easy to get to the parking garage by car and movement from here is done on foot.

A thousand new homes

The transformation area has a development potential of up to 145,000 m2 BRA and an area utilisation of approximately 150%. The plan allows for up to 1,000 homes and are expected to house approximately 2,500 residents. Additionally, the plan facilitates the establishment of a nursery, cultural and sports-related programme, offices, shops and other commercial areas. This will create a varied offering for the area that it will help create life and excitement in Laksevåg.