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Alesund’s waterfront today is the result of a series of uncoordinated actions, some of them unfortunate, which have produced a disorganized space, obsolete and without identity, with an extraordinary heavy traffic. Moreover, this is happening in the best part of the city, in its heart, around the Brosundet and the Jugend district.

There is no need to reinvent Alesund, let us take what is already valuable and extend it carefully.

We propose the construction of a group of buildings for residential, hotel, commercial and recreational uses, the layout of which is basically based on wanting to give continuity to the Jugend style neighborhood, in its scale, volumetric and spatial variation on one hand, and on the other hand to the general layout of the city that runs in the direction of the level changes in the east-west direction.

Let us bring the landscape of the Norwegian Atlantic into the heart of the city.

The large void occupied by the port allows us to articulate a set of diversed elements and public spaces, each with its own identifiable character that recaptures the best urban landscape tradition on the one hand and the atmosphere of the landscape of the Norwegian Atlantic coast on the other.

The beach to the south. The sun to the south. A large space for everyone

Cruise traffic needs a renovated terminal and berthing jetty. These two port facilities provide the city of Alesund with a unique opportunity to have an exciting and pleasant place for citizens to enjoy on the water’s edge and facing south. The fractured surface of the breakwater is like the deck of a large ship on which to “travel” to another place.

A simple strategy of segregation of levels and accesses makes it possible to bring together different uses in the same place, thus intensifying its possibilities.

Location Älesund, Norway
Client Ayuntamiento de Älesund
Architects Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido
Design team Javier Malo de Molina, Cristina Cordero, Elena Garicano, Ana Palancarejo, Jonas Prieto, Pilar Recio, Emma Simonsson, Alberto López, Héctor Pérez
Renders HPAL
Date 2011