MUTOPIA reveals praised masterplan for the development of Allinge and Folkemødet

MUTOPIA was selected to develop a masterplan for ‘Folkemødet’, Denmark’s political festival and Allinge, the hosting city on the island of Bornholm. The proposal was praised by the jury at the public release ceremony last Monday for its ‘good understanding of Allinge’s uniqueness and authenticity’, as well as for its ‘incredibly strong use-what-you-have strategy’.

The site-specific and the authentic event

MUTOPIA proposes to combine the site-specific and the authentic qualities to create a solid base for strengthening Allinges unique identity as ‘democratic city’, and provide a strategic development tool to create synergy between the city and the festival. The project includes strategies for sustainable urban development, densification and retrofit, proposals for optimizing infrastructure and accessibility, along with a number of site-specific interventions.

100 annexes

Based on a meticulous mapping of the potential sites for development, MUTOPIA has developed an acupuncture densification strategy which includes 100 annexes, small additions to the existing building structure able to provide accommodation in authentic city surroundings during both the Folkemødet days and the tourist season. The 100 annexes will strengthen the local ownership for Folkemødet, while providing an authentic, centrally located and more appealing accommodation alternative to the typical tents.

The first phase of the parallel assignment created by Realdania and Bornholms Regionskommune has now been completed, providing a robust framework for further development. MUTOPIA collaborated on the masterplan with Erik Brandt Dam Arkitekter, Center for Regional- og Turismeforskning (Centre for Regional & Tourism Research) and Lars Rasmussen, Danmarks Sportsfiskeriforbund (Denmark’s Sport Fishing Association).

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