C.F. Møller Architects unveil proposal for re-imagining the Garden City
16.5.2019 | C.F. Møller has progressed to the second stage of the international ideas competition for a 45ha masterplan, based on a re-imagination of the principles behind the Garden City Movement. The studio is now unveiling its proposal recently submitted.
C.F. Møller have been shortlisted together with four other firms in the international competition organised by the RIBA for the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. The second phase of the competition asks the four shortlisted firms to further develop and refine their proposals together with the Garden City Heritage Foundation, culminating at the end of May 2019.
British modern heritage
Letchworth Garden City is the original Garden City, based on the principles developed by Ebenezer Howard and given form by the architects Berry Parker & Raymond Unwin.
In the spirit of the original Garden City, the proposal by C.F. Møller hopes to plant the seed for the social interaction that creates a healthy and socially sustainable community, where people care for one another and for the landscape.
The masterplan is focused on a modern interpretation of the ‘hamlet’ and is developed from the inside out; from the smallest residential scale to the larger hamlet scale.
Landscape as strategic catalyst
Landscape is a key catalyst for the masterplan and has informed all strategic design decisions; the framework of the new masterplan is built around links and synergies between productive, performance and amenity landscapes. A wild landscape surrounds the masterplan, providing shelter from noise and wind whilst enhancing the sense of enclosure and biodiversity. The new parkway takes advantage of the existing hedgerows and connects the site to Letchworth Garden City, providing different activities along the way.
Rolf Nielsen, Associate Partner at C.F. Møller Architects, stated:
“C.F. Møller are proud to be amongst the finalists in this very important competition regarding British architectural heritage. Our proposal reflects our strong focus on human interaction and the relation between human beings and nature to support wellbeing and plays a part in our vision to improve life for both people and planet.”
For the second phase, C.F. Møller has added the following specialists to the team:
- Urbed (Urbanism Environment Design)
45ha masterplan including 900 dwellings, school & community centre to the north of the Grange Estate in Letchworth Garden City.