Norwegian practices, Haptic Architects and
Nordic – Office of Architecture, have unveiled their winning
designs for the masterplan of Oslo Airport City (OAC), a new model
for a sustainable smart city located adjacent to Oslo Airport.
The 4 million sq. metres city, is set to be
powered entirely by renewable energy, served by electric vehicles
and will take 30 years to build. The scheme is being developed by
Norwegian development vehicle Oslo Airport City.
OAC aims to be the first energy positive airport
city with the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding
buildings, communities and cities. It will also be able to provide
crucial on-site provision such as the de-icing of airplanes.
Backed by the Norwegian governments’ green shift
from an oil-based economy to one powered by renewable energy, Oslo
Airport City will embrace low carbon features and green
The city will be a test-bed for a technology-driven
city, with plans to incorporate driverless electric cars,
auto-lighting and smart technology for services such as mobility,
waste and security.
The government-owned Oslo Airport today is
one of the
most digitalised airports in Europe and is expected to be the first
airport to operate its first electric fleet from 2025.
Catering to Norway’s passion for sports and
outdoor activities, OAC will be a destination for leisure
activities centred around a public park in addition to the
traditional cargo and business hub. A car free city centre is
planned, and its citizens will never be more than five minutes
away from public transport.
It will also include generous
provision of green spaces for the airport’s growing workforce,
which is expected to increase from 22,000 to 40,000 people by
Tomas Stokke Director, Haptic Architects, said, “This is a unique opportunity to design a new city from
scratch. Using robust city planning strategies such as
walkability, appropriate densities, active frontages and a car
free city centre, combined with the latest developments in
technology, we will be able to create a green, sustainable city of
the future. Capitalising on the central location in northern
Europe, a highly skilled workforce and proximity to an expansive
and green airport, OAC has all the ingredients needed to make this
a success. This is the most exciting type of project we can do as
architects and I am very proud to be part of it ”
Thor Thoeneie, Managing Director of Oslo Airport
City, added, “Oslo Airport City will be a catalyst for
high-value economic activity in Norway. We expect it to deliver
long-term, highly skilled jobs creating science and
technology-based products as well as providing employment in
services such as specialised healthcare and executive education
and training. As long-term city developers with focus on
sustainable, innovative solutions, we believe the future of
airport city development in Norway and Oslo is not a matter of if,
Oslo Airport City has received outline planning
consent for development and some of the areas have detailed
consents. Construction of the first stage is expected to start in
2019/20, with the first buildings completing in 2022.
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