Grim Torv in Kristiansand
Urban LINK, together with Multiconsult Kristiansand, won the contract to do a feasibility study on “Grim Torv” for Norgesgruppen and Grim Eiendom AS. This large area constitutes the centre of the suburb Grim, only 1 km from Kristiansand city - centre and train station. The vision for the future of this area is to combine residential, commercial and trade in a modern, compact and sustainable urban neighbourhood.
Characteristic brick buildings are located on the site and make up Christiansand Mølle, where some of the buildings are protected as cultural heritage. This mill adds a cultural significance to the site by telling a story about its identity, which we have chosen to use as an important aspect for this project.
Grim Torv is located between two main roads, going in to Kristiansand, and between neighbourhoods with mixed residential housing. The area is set up for an urban yet active lifestyle by connecting the block up to the existing hiking tracks, sports facilities, recreation, walking - and cycle paths and public transport. The quarter is located in a steep cliff which currently creates a barrier across the site. An important challenge is to remove this barrier and facilitate permeability; a flow through the site for pedestrians and cyclists. By doing so, the site will become a natural crossing point, meeting point and public area. The goal is a diverse urban environment with an intertwining of commerce and housing, where residents appeals wide and across age groups and life stages.
With short walking and cycling distance to downtown and the train station, the site is a good foundation in order to create a sustainable living environment where residents will be able to drop the car and choose walking in their daily life. approximately 40 000m2 BTA is planned to be built in high density as a future-oriented neighbourhood that is surrounded by schools, parks, playgrounds, a church, nursing homes and not to mention cycling route to Kristiansand centre.