Norwegian firms Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture will be designing the world’s first energy-positive airport city in Oslo. The Norwegian government’s ambitious project will mark a significant shift from an oil-based economy to a renewable one. With its low carbon features and green technologies, the 4-million-square-meter Oslo Airport City (OAC) will be equipped to generate surplus energy for surrounding buildings. The project will serve as a test-bed for several green and sustainable innovations including electric driverless cars, auto lighting, and maybe even a fleet of electric aircraft. The city will also feature green spaces, public parks, and leisure centers for sports and outdoor activities.
“This is a unique opportunity to design a new city from scratch. Using robust city planning strategies such as walkability, appropriate densities, active frontages and a car free city center, combined with the latest developments in technology, we will be able to create a green, sustainable city of the future,” said Tomas Stokke, Director, Haptic Architects.
Construction of the Oslo Airport City is expected to begin in 2019, with the first buildings completed in 2022, noted Archdaily.