A centre for sustainable ocean economy: Fornebu Brygge

Commercial, Institutional, Online Exclusive Feature / 2023

A centre for sustainable ocean economy: Fornebu Brygge

June 2, 2023

The regeneration of Fornebu Brygge, a fjord-side location just outside central Oslo in Denmark, aims to transform a disused parking lot into a centre for pioneering a sustainable ocean economy. It would provide the region with waterfront interactions and an arena for marine life preservation, sustainable food and energy production, and Green ocean transport solutions.

The proposed waterside scheme spans 45,000 square metres, including a marine centre, water sports centre, restaurants/cafés and a new ferry terminal. An extension of Oslo’s Metro line is planned to connect between these destinations, as well as to the city centre. The structures will extend the publicly accessible shoreline by 1,000 metres and create two new bays, including an 8,000-square-metre public park. The design proposal features three key areas: Fjord, Wharf and Urban.

Fjord is envisaged as the educational centre, home to the Fjordarium—a local, ethical aquarium with underwater galleries that provide a window directly into the Oslofjord. The Fjordarium building has been designed in close dialogue with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) to preserve marine biodiversity, both underwater and along the shoreline. The building is designed to withstand waves and currents, and bring natural light into the spaces below water level. It will focus on challenges and solutions for cleaning the fjord, which has been heavily polluted as a result of agricultural waste.

The Wharf, also on the shoreline, is designed as an innovation arena with low-rise workshops and conference facilities, along with a marina with floating saunas. Two heritage buildings within the Wharf district will be activated: the old seaplane terminal, turned into a restaurant, and the former guardhouse for the Sea Rescue Service.

The Urban area, slightly set back from the water, consists of mid-rise workspace buildings with publicly activated ground floor levels, interconnected by public spaces and an accessible quayside promenade. As part of the municipality’s ambition for a carbon neutral development of Fornebu, the buildings are based largely on timber constructions and the use of carbon-neutral concrete. In addition, the project is also investigating the potential reuse of marine steel from decommissioned oil rigs, ships and oil pipes as structural and non-structural components in the new building mass.


Project Name
Fornebu Brygge

Fornebu, Norway

Fornebu Brygge AS

Architecture Firms
Haptic Architects; Oslo Works

Landscape Architect
BOGL – landscape architects

Marine Biologist


Structural Engineer

Submarine Structural Engineers
Core Marine

Sustainability Consultant
Vill Engergi

Geotechnics and Environmental Pollution

Mobility, Water Management, Sound and Air Pollution, Climate and Energy, HVAC

Fire Safety

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