Kanalbyen Fredericia [DK]

The Kanalbyen Masterplan is a development strategy for a 21 ha. brownfield site at the seafront of Fredericia, which will expand the inner city by 25%. It sets out a framework of qualitative public spaces and the conditions for a mixed urban program of 260 000 m2. The project will create a new destination in the region, establish new connections in the city and add a unique inner-city district with an attractive maritime environment. It has high ambitions on sustainability and is planned to be CO2-neutral.

Fredericia is one of the cities in the prosperous ‘Triangle’ region, in the centre of Denmark. Its history as a military garrison town is still very present in the intact vaults and a renaissance grid layout. To the east, the inner city has an attractive beach at the Little Belt.  The waterfront to the south of the city remained defined by the active harbor, which for many decades was a burden on the town centre. Now, with part of the industry cleared, a historic and unique opportunity presents itself to extend the centre to the waterfront and shape a vibrant and inclusive mixed urban district.

With respect to the city’s scale and history, the development strategy sets out a robust framework, with a sensitive network of public space. The existing seafront will be enriched by a network of canals, extending the presence of water into the city. The canals were previously envisioned in historic designs for the garrison town but were never realized. They set conditions for an intensive interaction between the existing city, the new buildings and the water and offers an attractive overarching maritime character.

Its planning principles dictate a varied mix of different uses, urban typologies and architecture. Within these principles, the urban development is highly adaptable to any future changes that might affect the development process. The plan sets out a flexible phasing strategy with short term interventions and temporary events to promote the site, while the financial strategy guarantees the feasibility of the project in every stage. This all-embracing urban planning concept combines the character of the inner city with the harbor identity to create a coherent yet flexible urban ensemble.

Client FredericiaC (partnership of Local Authority of Fredericia and Realdania By (former Realdania Urban Development))
Program 21 ha masterplan with 126.000 m2 residential, 82.000 m2 offices and workspaces, 22.000 m2 culture and education, 15.000 m2 retail, 15.000 m2 hotel, restaurants, cafés
Time 2011 - present
Role Masterplanner 
Participating parties Fakton (finance), Ramboll (sustainability, mobility), Vandkunsten (co-architect), SLA (landscape architecture, temporary landscape), ARUP (sustainable behaviour, urban farming), Grontmij (soil remediation), Danish Energy Management (former Esbensen)
Awards Competition 1st prize, Excellence on the Waterfront 2012 Honor Award