Lagunen as a suburban centre has reached the critical moment where it grows out of its own logic and needs an injection of urban programs to redefine its identity. Lack of investment in public infrastructure has resulted in big shopping malls with meaningless surroundings. To stimulate new urban life it is crucial to make the people visible again and establish sustainable visions for the future.
Paradise revisited introduces a new three-dimensional layer, re-interpreting the lost topography and creating groundwork for new life and vegetation. The terrain will cover several malls, link the area to the sea, establish good cross connections and allow new, multifunctional urban spaces to grow. Today’s horizontal organization is supplemented by a new vertical urban landscape, generating meeting places and movement patterns.
The situation today
Lagunen appears as a surface where the existing green landscape seems to have been removed and stored in an unknown place. The advantage is that you have an effective operating zone for commerce, optimized for car users. The disadvantage is that this type of horizontal organizing, makes a dynamic growth difficult. At the same time the roads and the cuts in the terrain intercepts the accessibility to, and the exchange between, the housing areas, the school, recreational offers and areas of commerce.
Lagunen is a result of development plans where every surface only has been given one function. In the continuing work with the project, it is imperative that one recognizes that the different programs to create urbanity have different needs and wishes what concerns access to light, air and location. In this contradiction is the possibility for a greater structural change.
The criteria for success, in creating leads for the development of Lagunen in the next thirty years, is daring to not only improve the existing situation, but to have the ability to recognize that the sum of all the programs creates an economical and societal development. The injection of urban programs is therefore societal, climatic and economically justifiable.
To do this, we start by repairing Lagunen’s lost topography!
As the pervading concept for developing Lagunen, we want to re-establish the landscape. By re-introducing the valley’s topography, strengthening the access to the lake, introducing vegetation, establishing connections across the valley and ramp up attractive public areas, you achieve a green urbanism that will lead to a regional and local center with a strong identity. Furthest down in the valley, central public areas will be established that will be surrounded by the artificial landscape that contains a mix of properties for trade, offices and housing.