Koege Coast

The vision for Koege Coast is to develop a versatile, dense and highly livable city based on the distinctive cultural DNA of Koege, embedded and woven into the texture of the new proposed developments.

The designs starting point is Koege itself - its unique characteristics, the urban structure, its culture and history. Koege is a city of contrasts: medieval vs. industrial, historic disconnection vs. contemporary connection, water vs. land. The duality are the key to understanding the image and the economy of the city. Koege of the future is a city in which the contrasts converge and coexist in close unity – a versatile city celebrating diverse and future ways of living. 

Koege’s location by the estuary, where Koege stream meets the Coast, combined with the many qualities of the city that is rooted in its long history as a local trade center, gives it a unique character. Koege Square holds Denmark’s oldest town hall that is located next to beautiful old townhouses. 

Besides the old city center, Koege offers a modern urban environment. The city is adjacent to the major motorways E20 and E47/55 and has a thriving industrial harbor, expanding at the soil depot of Koege.

It is the dynamics of the two opposites, the modern harbor and the historical center, that is central in understanding the special identity of Koege. Simultaneously, Koege is defines by a small scale: refined, densified and organized – and a large scale of the harbor: robust, raw and industrial. The future Koege is a city of multiplicities.

The masterplan forms three unique neighbourhoods with three changing identities. The city centre is densified with new homes underlining the existing intime structure. In the Collstrop-area an industrial site is transformed into a working and living environment, while the southern harbour area is a mix of two worlds: a reminiscence of the industrial character acupuncturally infiltrated by new small scale housing development, together forming a new attractive neighbourhood just by the sea.

The plan for the Southern Harbour area transforms the qualities of the existing industrial peer, the warehouses, small scale industries and cultural initiatives: A new highly diverse area where harbour activities, alternative dwelling types, creative businesses, cultural programmes and a marina meet in a mix of scales, architectures and economies.

In the 'Collstrop' area – a parking area framed by train tracks, large scale industrial structures and the backside of the street Havnen´s restaurants - the closeness to the historical centre and the good connections to regional infrastructure is a catalyst in transforming the parking lot into a new attractive urban enclave with a possible green business district mixed with hotels, dwellings and box shopping. 

The plan for the City Centre and Stationsområdet build on the history of the historic centre and is respectful to the existing qualities such as the main square, the church, the museums and the shopping street. It creates a new front towards the harbour and includes the existing retail network, new centrally located office spaces, attractive urban dwellings and apartments  - in a characteristic style with heights, widths and material that has similarities to the existing architectural layout of the city.

Name: Koege Coast
Type: Invited international competition 2nd prize
Program: Urbanism
Client: Koege Municipality, Realdania
Size: 35ha
Location: Koege DK
Year: 2010
Collaborators: Topotek1, Noema, Rambøll, Transsolar, Imitio, Brugger & Nielsen, BBN Consult, Aquap
Image credits: ADEPT
Team: Martin Laursen, Anders Lonka, Martin Krogh, Tatyana Eneva, Morten Dam Feddersen