Iceland launches masterplan for Keflavik Airport

By Catrin Jones15 March 2023

Denmark-based architect KCAP has revealed its master plan for the future of Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport in Iceland. Commissioned by the Keflavik Airport Development Company (Kadeco), the project plan aims to create a hub for the aviation, energy, and technology sectors.

Computer interpretation of how the masterplan will look (Photo: Computer drawing/​Kadeco)

As part of the plan, Aðalgata will be formed into a mixed-use district, combining community, residential and research and design programs.

On the southern edge of the airport, Ásbrú is thought to become a campus-like area which includes aviation, research, and residential which KCAP likens to “a modern take on the cosy, lively village”.

North of Reykjanesbær, work in Helguvík will consist of converting the existing port and manufacturing infrastructures to create a circular-economy environment comprising a construction hub.

Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, a partner at KCAP, says, that “working on the spatial and economic master plan over the past year has been an incredible journey. We hope that the joy and inspiration we have experienced in collaborating as a team and with the many stakeholders translated into a robust plan for this ambitious long-term endeavour.”

In addition to KCAP, the development team included engineer WSP, consulting engineer Buro Happold, landscape architect Felixx, mobility consultant Mic-Hub, energy specialist VSO Consulting, project manager Buck Consultants International, urban planning consultant Maurits Schaafsma, and designer Kanon Arkitektar.

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