Papirbyen: Sarpsborg

A long term vision made in collaboration with Snøhetta for a prequalified competition that focused on the transformation of an abandoned paper factory in Sarpsborg, Norway

Papirbyen: Sarpsborg
Client: Betongbygg AS
Status: Completed
Size: 7.94 km2
Location: Sarpsborg, Norway
Type: Prequalified Competition, Transformation, Urbanism, Landscape
Collaborators: Snøhetta Consultants: Civitas
View site and competition proposal

Long before Olav the Holy "founded" the Sarpsborg in 1016, there has been settlement in the area. Rock carvings trace back 3000 years where fertile moraine soils and a dramatic waterfall offered a great location to live in the countryside. Sarpsborg is now ready for a new neighbourhood with its own stories and soaring ambitions for sustainable urban development. To answer to this we proposed Papirbyen.

The recent production and industrial history has set a strong mark on the city's development. To be equipped for climate and energy adaptation of the future, we need to change the mentality and Papirbyen may be the first district that is able offer this locally. Here existing barriers are turned into new opportunities. We emphasise reuse and invite you to new urban spaces, streets, housing and commercial areas, and surfaces perforated by the moraine landscape. Papirbyen will be the new place that attracts people and lifts Sarpsborg as one expanded centre where environmental awareness is the mainstay the high quality living environment and transformation generate added value.

Strategic plan
Site strategy

Site plan


Short shortcuts invite to pass freely through the area on the way to and from the center, work, school and leisure activities

Park lines leads under, along and past traffic barriers and into green activity areas, squares and city streets. Continuous green areas ensure pollinator corridors and biodiversity through a wide and adapted selection of plant species and special focus on planting trees. Fragrance, flowering and autumn colors give dynamism and create attractions and atmosphere throughout the seasons.

Sections and zooms

Jury: The situation plan shows empathy and playfulness in the outdoor space concepts, and an intention for varied content and program.

Project team: Eric Reid, Gauthier Durey, Linn Runeson, Kaveh Kawousi

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