As the Central Park in New York was built before the Manhattan grid was condensed around it – RUTEN has remained as a buffer in the urban development in anticipation of something bigger.
Sandnes’ historic center was a small-scaled urban structure with the country’s longest shopping street. The new district by the waterfront has another dimension – scaled up to the old industrial structures on site.
By overlapping two adjacent contexts, the new RUTEN can be adapted to both.
Our proposal for RUTEN reflects the city’s development and establishes RUTEN as a natural center and Sandnes as a future city with strong roots and a proud local history.
The ring connects and creates the new transport hub and public space below an attractive unifying roof.
RUTEN will be the new CENTRAL PARK – Identity creator and pivot point.
The strategy is to combine:
- A large urban park! – For coming growth and for the big occasions.
- A grid of possibilities – a smaller subdivision of dedicated spaces with intimacy and diversity of activities.
The urban park balances all occasions; Intimate _ Open, Specific_ Flexible, Small scale_big scale.
It allows for the representative and planned, as well as encourages the spontaneous, informal and unexpected.
Gary Bates, Gro Bonesmo, Adam Kurdahl, Fredrik Krogeide, Naofumi Namba, Jose Hernandez, Anna Nilsson
Johanne Borthne, Vilhelm Christensen
Landscape: Inside Outside/Petra Blaisse
Structural engineering: Dipl ing. Florian Kosche
Sustainability: Atelier Ten
Traffic: Plan Urban
Curator: Anne Beate Hovind
Visualization: Weiss Images