Ronneby C2C masterplan

Client
Municipality of Ronneby

Function
Masterplan

Year
2014

GXN team
Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Lasse Lind, James Zhang

Partners
SLA, William McDonough + Partners

Context and vision

This masterplan focused on transforming the central area of Kilen, a partially abandoned and polluted industrial part of Central Ronneby, into a manmade ecosystem of water, nature, and healthy buildings. The strategy of the masterplan is built on local strengths but designed to be globally significant.

The team proposed to design a community that would stand out as the first Cradle-to-Cradle inspired neighborhood in Scandinavia, which is in line with the ambition of the municipality.

Ronneby was established as an inland port, and has over the years historically been known for its culture of spa and health, as well as the beautiful nature in Brunnen Park. The proposal uses the history of Ronneby as a city defined by water, as well as the interesting local history for entrepreneurship within both technology and leisure driven businesses, also closely connected to the element of water.

Hydropark Kilen

As part of the masterplan, the team comprised a roadmap with measurable steps, describing how Kilen could be developed over time, involving as many local stakeholders as possible.
The roadmap proposes to mature and develop the area over a period of 10 years, but to start already tomorrow by upcycling an existing red barn on site, which can be used as a recognizable landmark for the new neighborhood. Furthermore, the first step of the roadmap is to involve local citizens and businesses in developing the area, by for example having school kids planting soil-cleaning gardens.

Furthermore, the masterplan proposes to create a showcase park, consisting of technology pavilions and exhibition spaces, close to the station. This ’science park’ will display local technologies, and attract visiting businesses and scientist.

To showcase the dedication of Ronneby to a greener future, the houses will be built with local resources in a flexible manner, accommodating both environmental issues of material health, as well as create flexible frames for various changing functions, securing it for the future.

Development over time

As part of the masterplan, the team comprised a roadmap with measurable steps, describing how Kilen could be developed over time, involving as many local stakeholders as possible.
The roadmap proposes to mature and develop the area over a period of 10 years, but to start already tomorrow by upcycling an existing red barn on site, which can be used as a recognizable landmark for the new neighborhood. Furthermore, the first step of the roadmap is to involve local citizens and businesses in developing the area, by for example having school kids planting soil-cleaning gardens.

Furthermore, the masterplan proposes to create a showcase park, consisting of technology pavilions and exhibition spaces, close to the station. This ’science park’ will display local technologies, and attract visiting businesses and scientist.

To showcase the dedication of Ronneby to a greener future, the houses will be built with local resources in a flexible manner, accommodating both environmental issues of material health, as well as create flexible frames for various changing functions, securing it for the future.

The masterplan was done after a workshop, where the team of GXN was part of a group that developed new ideas for the Kilen area. The masterplan is part of the ongoing work of the municipality of Ronneby to create a Cradle to Cradle inspired neighborhood.

Ronneby, Sweden
2014

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