C.F. Møller Architects wins: climate protection of Aalborg Vestby
C.F. Møller Architects wins architectural competition with proposal for The Boat Park, climate proofing and developing the area extending from the old Liquor Factory to Vestre Fjordpark in Aalborg.
"C.F. Møller Architects has won because of their innovative and exciting solution to the climate adaptation challenge, and because they have been particularly successful in meeting the wishes expressed by the municipality, residents, and users of the area. In addition, the proposal has a strong focus on maintaining the special qualities of Vestbyen, including its diversity and closeness to both the fjord and the city – a focus that we have valued very highly," says Councillor Jan Nymark Thaysen, Urban and Rural of Aalborg Municipality.
Aalborg Vestby's coastal areas by the Limfjord are exposed to flooding due to rising sea levels and frequent storms challenging the buildings at the habour and the residential area of Aalborg Vestby.
"With the Boat Park, we also manage to give climate protection a social purpose. Climate protection in the sense of flood protection is often seen as a barrier between city and water. But on the route from the old Liquor Factory to Vestre Fjordpark, we are creating urban and landscape spaces, both large and small – for big and little ones – that safeguard Aalborg's link with the fjord, which is part of the city's DNA," says Jens Rex, Head of Landscape & Urbanism at C.F. Møller Architects.
In dialogue with citizens
The aim of the Boat Park is to preserve and support the existing functions and operators in the area, including the rowing clubs:
"We believe that the Boat Park must be developed with a high level of transparency and dialogue to be successful. We are aware that we are developing in an area that already functions well and has good qualities that should be preserved. The rowing clubs and their members are some of the key players in the area. We have already been in dialogue with some of the rowing clubs on the final proposal for the Boat Park, and we will continue to be throughout the project," says Søren Tortzen, architect and head of department at C.F. Møller Architects' Aalborg office.
About The Boat Park
The Boat Park extends from the old Liquor Factory to Vestre Fjordpark and is the last part of the area along the fjord in Aalborg which is threatened by flooding and appears disconnected from city. The area includes two marinas, a food market, and a bridge across the fjord. The Boat Park will climate-proof both the marinas and Aalborg Vestby while creating a new recreational link between the water and the city, which retains the area’s uniqueness that has emerged from the contrast between the well-organised and dense blocks of the Vestby, and the multifaceted harbour environment.
The main climate proofing of Aalborg Vestby is established with a dyke in the green park between the harbour and the city, as a meandering landscape feature with naturally shaped, continuous hills that bend through the park, creating spaces and seating areas, shielded from the busy road from the city centre towards the Vestby. To create a link between the harbour and the city, the dyke is broken by portals between the city and the harbour, inviting the area's users to linger by the water.
Currently disconnected urban spaces will be linked in a new route with cobblestones from the quayside, which will have a wooden promenade with seating areas at different levels. The quayside will be elevated, safeguarding the marinas but maintaining access to the fjord and the harbour basin inviting to activity, by and in the water.
With a future marked by storms and flooding, the Boat Park shows how coastal urban environments can adapt and exist in accordance with climate change.
Links to previous project by C.F. Møller Architects
The boat park links to the Aalborg Waterfront, which C.F. Møller Architects is also behind. Aalborg Harbourfront has undergone a major transformation where urban spaces and buildings have been raised and protected against rising water levels, and where access routes to the fjord have been linked to the city.
The Boat Park is being developed in three stages. The first stage is scheduled to start in late 2024. The entire development is expected to be completed by the end of 2027.
C.F. Møller Architects is leading the project in collaboration with Deltares, RAW Mobility, Arki-Lab, and EKJ.
The competition is supported by Realdania and the Ministry of Environment's partnership ´The Cities and the rise of Sea Water´.
Read more about Aalborg Waterfront.
Press Release Aalborg Municipality (Da)