PLACE: Åndalsnes, Norway
YEAR: 2011
CLIENT: Åndalsnes municipality
TYPE: Masterplan
STATUS: International ideas competition, procurement 40.000NOK
TEAM: Audun Hellemo/Kristin Hilde, Hilde Stedje, Ida Ruth Mathisen

SCALE (small>large)
STATUS (idea>built)

An extensive masterplan for a relatively small city will only be successful if it listens to those who know best; the people who live and work there. An extensive analysis of what has been said and written about Åndalsnes in local and national media is the starting point of the investigation, and we use this as an important supplement to the competition program. Åndalsnes’ unique scenery and excellent transport connections make it an ideal destination, not only for cruise tourism as today. Historically, Åndalsnes has thrived due to external initiative and knowledge. By expanding the definition of tourism and facilitate for new work/life trends, Åndalsnes can once again attract and better exploit the people and the ideas they each year bring to the city. The plan suggests increased density in the city centre, a new seafront promenade culiminating in a spectacular view point, more defined and varied public spaces where different user groups can meet and a public square facilitating for a wide range of activities summer and winter. The municipality’s strategy for the ‘world’s best place for nature-loving people’ needs to be interpreted not necessarily in a literal way, but rather as a guideline for public spaces, new housing, cafes and retail.

Åndalsnes’ position is unique – tucked in between mountains and fjords, and at the same time highly accessible by train

A series of strategic interventions work as guidelines for new development; both of new structures and improved public spaces.

Local knowledge points to lack of adequate housing as a challenge, with most houses being rented to the tourism sector.

The improved main square is the hub for activities connecting transport, nature and urban life

A variety of typologies cater to a diverse housing market; accommodating both short-term and long-term residents, creating new synergies

Development is architecturally linked to existing structures; while creating new possibilities for urban life.