The master plan for the 260-acre Oslo airport campus has been unveiled, comprising 43 million square feet of cargo, logistic, commercial and residential uses along with a public park and recreational amenities. Reflecting the Norwegian government’s commitment to shift to a low-carbon economy, the massive project is designed to be energy-positive with the capacity to sell the surplus renewable power it generates.
“This is a unique opportunity to design a new city from scratch,” observes Tomas Stokke, director of Haptic Architects, which devised the master plan in collaboration with Nordic – Office of Architecture. “Using robust city planning strategies such as walkability, appropriate densities, active frontages and a car-free city centre, combined with the latest developments in technology, we will be able to create a green, sustainable city of the future.”
Driverless electric cars, auto-lighting and smart applications for mobility, waste and security services are part of the strategy to test and develop innovative sustainable technology. Approximately 22,000 people are currently employed at the Oslo airport, while the workforce is projected to grow to 40,000 by 2050. By then, the new campus is expected to be a major hub for other economic activity in science, technology and professional services.
The first phase of construction is slated to begin within the next nine to 21 months. “Oslo Airport City will be a catalyst for high-value activity in Norway,” predicts the development’s managing director, Thor Thoeneie.