Fossekompagniet A/S og Arendal Municipality
Everyday Studio, Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde
Kystveien 226, NO-4841 Arendal
Completed in 2016
Urban planning & strategy
Vindholmen is a former harbor industrial area. Today, the industry has moved out, and the area must now be transformed into a new district with 550 – 800 homes and recreational urban spaces. With its unique location on the edge between land and water, Vindholmen contains many glorious values, place-bound qualities and potentials.
Løkholmen carries on the intentions from the main approach and is the place's very special destination where the whole of Arendal is invited to a new recreational bathing area. Løkholmen is simplified a bit so that the different experiences gather in zones on the island, providing better space and conditions for playing and staying. The green areas have been increased so that the island has a green look and wooden bridges and bathing bridges have been made accessible to everyone with ramps and stairs, just as the yellow industrial artefact has more space around it and can be used as a playground. The beach is established on Løkholmen's eastern coast, where the edge towards the adjacent landscape appears as a precise archipelago edge. in this way it is made clear where you can bathe and where you can walk.
The two bridges to the island are two different types of bridge – one is a narrow pedestrian bridge that ensures recreation and experience by the water, while the other is wider and functions as a functional road bridge for use by smaller service vehicles, etc.
The slip ensures turning area and snow storage space for the whole of Vindholmen. At the same time, there is physical proximity to water where small chutes and ramps make it possible to get very close to the water. The large turning area is divided into the pavement with industrial tracks of iron rails that scale down the space so that it does not signal a car space but rather an urban space. The turning area is framed by trees and green planted areas that ensure good edge zones for the buildings around the square. At the transformer building, an existing concrete wharf facility will be preserved, which is at a lower level than the turning area. The quayside faces south and a small staircase ensures access here to the beautiful, small sunny room behind the square. From Slippen there is access for service vehicles etc. via road bridge to Løkholmen.
The yard takes its point of departure from the old hall and continues the motif of an urban space on the border in the boundary between building and urban space. The urban area is directly adjacent to the road through the area and between two mountain settlements. In the same way as the pixelation of the mountain settlements, the shipyard creates an urban square in different levels and niches that both provides shelter from wind and noise from the coastal road and which at the same time functions as a tribune for use by the square's stage and ball fields. The tracks from the old rails are repeated as a motif in the pavement and are complemented by benches and other fixtures that emphasize the motif. In this way, Slippen and the shipyard will have a common narrative and sense of belonging, where they together tell the story of the old shipyard. Some of the old concrete columns from the hall have been preserved and are being re-established as a spatial structure on the square for use as roofing, lighting and greenery.