Oscarshamn

The Inner Harbor of Oskarshamn is an attractive urban area by the sea with a great variation in scale and resident groups. In our masterplan vision the bay is embracing the city with a mix of living, businesses and an active everyday life.​​

Oskarshamn has its origin by the seaside. However, over time the city’s relation to the sea has slowly disappeared as the harbor area was expanded on artificial landfills. Remaining, at the very edge of the city, is the inner harbor with its unique potential for developing amazing urban areas close to the water, green attractors and a maritime life.

The project embraces the history of the Oskarshamn coastline, by looking back at the previous conditions of how the city was linked to the water. Throughout the last century, Oskarshamn housing, small industries and public spaces have been gradually drawn away from the sea while the industrial harbour has grown and paved the coastline into an optimized harbour area for harbour activities. With this project, we transform the vast harbour area into a vibrant urban neighbourhood by projecting the natural historic coastline marking the lines between new private development and new public spaces relinking the city to the water.

The masterplan rests on two main ideas: The first integrates traces of the history of the area into the new design. The other establishes an active loop following and enhancing the coastline. Overlaying the two add a new and attractive impression while emphasizing older layers of the urban structure. Integrating the character of well-known city typologies, the city park, the center, the creek, etc., the overlaying structure of the bay area connects to the city - mentally, historically and physically.

There’s an amazing potential in letting Oskarshamn grow to surround the entire bay. Underlining the historical layers by re-inventing parts of the original coastline is the conceptual backbone of the entire plan, that also acts as a tidal protection to the residential areas behind it. The new coast line consist of copied stretches of historical fills. This new coast line establishes a clear structure of public spaces, suggests public movement and creates a series of destinations tied together by a simple path. The path embraces the bay in a fluid movement while connecting any new development to the city center. 

First step is the small loop that connects the movements from the City Park to the specific bay destinations and back again to the city center. This movement towards the city center acts as an important ‘supply of oxygen’ and is at the same time the starting point of the harbor development. The next step is to develop a ‘middle loop’, by connecting even more neighborhoods, an extension of the beach side promenade and a more extensive development of the buildable areas, connected by little boat hubs and more. The overall vision for Oskarshamn 2050 is a well-established and strong connection between the development area and its surroundings through a series of clearly identifiable pedestrian routes and public spaces encircling the bay area in one grand loop.

Name: Oscarshamn
Type: Invited parallel competition - selected for further process
Program: Urbanism
Client: Oskarshamn Municipality
Size: 32 ha
Location: Oskarshamn SE
Year: 2013 - 2016
Collaborators: Mandaworks
Image credits: ADEPT, Mandaworks
Team: Martin Laursen, Martin Krogh, Anders Lonka, Jens Peter Nielsen, Fanny Lenoble