Fredericia C

​Within its ramparts, the city of Fredericia is probably Denmark’s most well-preserved urban structure. The ramparts, which historically functioned as defence against enemies, today create a clear delineation of the city center and a recreational space for the whole city.

The ramparts, historically the defence against enemies, today create a clear delineation of the city center and a recreational space for the whole city. Moving through the ramparts and arriving at the tight orthogonal grid of the central city is a very specific spatial experience with conscious transitions between outside, on and inside the ramparts. 

The recreational edge of the city, defined by the ramparts, is a regional urban space that attracts both locals and visitors. The edge supports regional activities and offer varied spatial experiences and diverse functions for many types of users.

The overall idea of the plan concept ”the Ideal City” is based on the ambition to create space for everyone along the edge of the city: a coherent promenade that continues and reinterprets the historic ramparts.

The masterplan creates coherence within the historic city, while transforming its challenges into qualities. The main concept emphasizes Fredericia as a fortress city under development; a city that is progressing through respect and understanding of its history - without getting stuck in it. 

Rather than positioning itself on top of the historical ramparts, the new promenade is based on the historical principles of the ramparts by defining the boundary of the central city and a clear connection between the new development and the historic city. The main recreational spaces are preserved along the edge of the city.

Name: Fredericia C
Type: Invited international competition 3rd prize
Program: Urbanism
Client: Fredericia Municipality, Realdania
Size: 20 ha
Location: Fredericia DK
Year: 2010
Collaborators: Cowi, Kollision, Topotek1, Noema, Bureau Detours, Morten Daugaard
Image credits: ADEPT, Luxigon
Team: Anders Lonka, Martin Laursen, Martin Krogh, Tatyana Eneva, Morten Dam Feddersen