Ribe, the oldest city in Denmark, rises in the otherwise flat landscape, characterized by the towers of the Cathedral. The town was built on small sand banks surrounded by marshes, moorland and rivers, which has limited its possibilities of expansion. Ribe is therefore a densely populated city with a very distinctive and precise boundary towards the surrounding landscape.
Ribes old town contains a well-preserved, dense and relatively uniform building mass, rich in detail. Low-rise buildings and winding cobblestone streets create good urban spaces that are both alluring and comfortable to move through. A close cohesion between well-preserved infrastructure, housing and residential elements creates a holistic experience of the historic center.
The relocation of the old cast iron industry of Ribe Jernstøberi presents a unique opportunity for the development of an exciting city quarter. Støberikvarteret offers something new to Ribe and its surroundings, respectfully integrated with the medieval city and the surrounding landscape. The new development is adapted to the scale, streets, structure, architecture and materiality of the historic center, while at the same time maintaining an identity of its own. It’s a unique residential neighborhood in Denmark, offering modern housing directly connected to medieval Ribe and right in front of the protected marsh landscape in the Wadden Sea National Park.
Masterplan, Residential, Commercial
Ribe Jernstøberi, Esbjerg Kommune, Realdania
Overbys Tegnestue, Niras, Colliers International
Tue Hesselberg Foged, Tina Lund Højgaard, Oscar Elfving, Alexis Andersen, Yulia Kozlova, Evgeny Markachev, Virginie Le Goffic, Ewa Abratkiewicz
The site is located in the outskirts of the medieval city of Ribe, on the limit of the marshlands and the Wadden Sea National Park
The city rises in the flat landscape, characterized by the towers of the Cathedral
Registration and analysis of the historic center
Urban space connections
Both new and existing attractions and landmarks are connected through a sequence of urban spaces
The size of the building plots in the new quarter are similar in size to the fabric of the historic city
Portals and green courtyards
Passages and portals in the clearly defined building mass towards the streets provide access to green courtyards
The principles of the street network from the medieval city is continued in the new quarter.
Street profiles in the new neighborhood are inspired by the medieval city
Støberipladsen - the center of the new neighborhood - with the community center Sct. Peders Hus to the right
Section through new community center, archaeological excavation and exiting sports hall
New housing typologies
Street interface and materiality
View of one of the green courtyards
A green parking strip in the edge of the quarter makes it possible to create a car-free center