KCAP/Fakton/Ramboll win masterplan FredericiaC Denmark (NL/DK)

KCAP Architects&Planners, together with advisors Ramboll and Fakton, have won the international competition for the urban development plan 'FredericiaC' in the Danish city of Fredericia.


The plan for the 21-ha brownfield site at the seafront of Fredericia will expand the existing inner city by 25%.

The plan for the 21-ha brownfield site at the seafront of Fredericia will expand the existing inner city by 25% and accommodate a mixed urban program of 260,000 m². The project will establish a new destination in the region, create new correlations in the city and add a unique inner-city district in an attractive maritime environment. It has high ambitions on sustainability and is planned to be CO2-neutral.

The multidisciplinary team elaborated the winning proposal in an exceptionally open process, guided by FredericiaC, a partnership between the Local Authority of Fredericia and Realdania By. This form of competition allowed an ongoing dialogue with the organization, the stakeholders, local citizens, experts and the competing design teams during the design process.

In their decision, the jury concluded: 'Team KCAP's coherent and well-prepared physical and structural concept, springing from historical considerations about Fredericia's urban structure, has created special qualities in the form of a canal structure and a pronounced urbanism as the key means for a robust development strategy for FredericiaC. The proposal is distinct with its urbanism and its very strong concept of bringing great attractiveness and value to all lots.'

The all-embracing urban planning concept combines the best and most characteristic elements of Fredericia, a historic garrison town and a harbor city, in a coherent urban ensemble. The renaissance grid layout of the inner city is continued, extending view lines into the site. The impressive vaults around the city will be connected and made accessible by a new park, and the existing seafront will be enriched by a network of canals, strengthening the cities relation to the water.

"KCAP provides a coherent interdisciplinary proposal that differs from the other proposals by bringing into play more expressive physical elements such as the canals," states the jury.

"We see Team KCAP's proposal as a very strong unifying physical concept with a regional appeal and intended to increase the area's attractiveness, attention and value."

The planning principles dictate a varied mix of different uses, urban typologies and architectures. Within these principles, the urban development is highly adaptable to any future changes that might affect the development process. The plan sets out a flexible phasing strategy with short-term interventions, pioneers and temporary events to promote the site. A financial strategy guaranties the feasibility of the project in every stage.

The concept takes a sustainable approach to the redevelopment of the brownfield area. It includes solutions for the present issues of soil contamination and environmental risks of neighboring harbor activity and presc

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