KOBLE:enhancing human and natural connectivity.

Project Leader: Alice Covatta.
Co-Author: Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi, Lorenzo Bucciarelli.

Alessia Pardi, Andrea Fumero, Aziz Verna Gerges Hana, Li Xinwei, Sedat Gölada, Qian Hao, Cagla Turkoglu , Tarek Diebäcker, Erica Boncaldo, Johana Martinez, GermanPaipa, Ana Garzon, Sergio Cortes, Ettore Varoni, Ereza Bokshi
renders: Be Maarch

“to join together two or more things”
“to join something to the main supply of electricity, gas, water, etc. or to another piece of equipment”
“to notice or make a link between people, things, events, etc.”
“to form a good relationship with somebody so that you like and understand each other”


The development of the cities and the expansion of the metropolitan area of Oslo poses a big threat to the ecological continuity. The city of Fagerstrand lies beside the fjord of Oslo, on the peninsula of Nesodden that reaches the bay of the city, interacting with the expanding metropolitan area. The landscape project for Fagerstrand helps to support the ecological network focusing on the creation of a green structure that allows the natural permeability through the urban tissue even in case of a city expansion.

Axonometric view of Fagerstrand with its natural elements

The project identifies five corridors that run north- south, that can support the ecological continuity by linking the existing natural system through the urban tissue, allowing a wildlife passage and supporting the animal migration, helping to maintain a high degree of biodiversity in the peninsula of Nesodden and, by extension, in the metropolitan area of Oslo.

Once the city and its urban tissue meet, the corridors allow a degree of human permeability, to create a system of urban parks allowing the movement in the city and integrating services to support the daily life of the inhabitants, like sport fields, gathering spots, benches, grill areas, playgrounds, and thematic pockets.

Seasonal transformation

The system of pockets will be connected by a series of pedestrian, cycle and slow mobility paths that guide the users to experience nature and reach the different social spots. The paths allow the movement through the city, connecting important sites and identifying new centralities, bringing people to the new development of the project on the waterfront and allowing reachability to the inner part of the city.


The system of paths is supported by a layer of water management that lays beside the paths and the infrastructures allowing to manage the rainwater directing in canals that drives it to the sea. In case of emergency, the rainwater can be directed into the pockets of the parks that are designed to receive a certain volume of water and store it temporarily in order to avoid damages to the buildings and the landscape. This system will also support the snow management, creating retention basins to store the excess of snow during winter.


The project transforms the waterfront to be open and accessible.
From the current beach, passing by Fagerstrand ferry terminal until the hiking route on the further north, a series of new public spaces are designed to allow the citizens to rediscover the city and its connection to the fjord.

A long pedestrian and bicycle promenade connects different social ambiances.

Event knot
A new piazza is designed at the intersection Batforening, the waterfront, the harbour and the green corridor. This element is a catalyst of different movements both social and ecological. The piazza follows the topography from the forest and reaches the fjord with terraces to recreate an amphitheatre atmosphere.
A floating stage is placed at the center which can hold cultural events visible both from the waterfront and the boat.
The car and sharing mobility accessibility stops and the existing parking lot, in order preserve a whole pedestrian zone.

Sport knot
Here the waterfront is designed to enhance sports and interaction while fragmententing the existing industrial barriers. This sector will become important for the future of Fagerstrand for the mix of usages – both productive and public – then the project implementation will change from the industrial soul of the city to the ecological/social one.
This segment is accessible by car and shared mobility in order to facilitate the usage of sport equipment.

Play knot
The act of rediscovering the tanks as a playful action will give a new atmosphere to this area of the site. The bridges will be re-used and it will transform the user standpoint of Fagerstrand: from an industrial symbol into a playful and active vision for the future generations.

Intimate knot
This sector is the most remote and wild of Fagerstrand. We aim to resew the existing hiking path to a new pedestrian and bicycle route. A few small wooden decks give the possibility to the citizens to stop and contemplate the fjord.


1. Transform

The first implementation phase aims to activate the event knot : the new social hub of the city. The design of the pedestrian and bike path will make the waterfront accessible and open to everyone. It will connect to the existing hiking path, bringing a new sense of connectivity between the urban fabric, industrial identity, nature and social life. We believe this action will be the foundation for making Fagerstrand more inclusive in the short and long term.

2. Extend

The second phase extends the public space on the waterfront with new open spaces for relaxation and sport related activities. The waterfront will keep in this phase a mixed usage between industrial productivity, new commercial activities and public areas.
This phase will be a pivotal moment in Fagerstrand in order to keep the harmony between the industrial activities and the new public life. We believe that the productive sector is as important for city life as the public life. The dialogue between the two can transform the “polluted” image into a “green and blue” vision.
In this phase new public spaces are extended in the city centre around Myklerudveien and the five green corridors will start bound together with the scattered landscape.

3. Enhance

The third phase aims to enhance the connectivity of the five green corridors which will become the new structure for the future city development. New functions are integrated: the rediscovery of the existing flora and fauna, a system of diverse passages to wander between the forest and sea, new activities for a multigenerational and healthy society are strategically placed in Fagerstrand.
The waterfront will be fully re-activated and the city will give back to the community the full accessibility from water to the forest.

Ecological network