Our proposal aims to develop Jernbanegade street into an easy navigatable space, a warm welcome to the heart of Esbjerg. We call it the railway-promenade because it should be a natural extension of the vibrant shopping street. The old railway building is transformed with public functions and active facades, a green buffer zone with lush vegetation
towards the road sets a more human scale and together with new pockets for recreation, it creates the base for urban life to thrive.
Instead of being an unclear and confusing space dominated by traffic, it becomes a lively promenade that welcomes the daily commuters to and from Esbjerg.
We believe the station square should be a physical postcard – a taste of Esbjergs history and atmosphere. Our design for the square is inspired by the unique history of the station, which is so closely linked with the history of how Esbjerg arose. A red brick carpet stretches from the station across the road as a continuation of the impressive station buildings red brick facade. Vegetation islands add as a new layer of urban nature that frames café and play environments. A perfect place to sit down for a talk or a coffee before catching the train.
The historic avenue is recreated and frames the view to the impressive station building. The nearby sea becomes present here through a maritime planting scheme. Cattle sculptures and a ferry-ticket-playhouse is a quirky historic reference that won’t fail to fill visitors with curiosity. A station square needs to be easy to navigate, as a great number of people pass through the urban space on daily basics. Openness, a distinct pavement with patterns that subtle underline flowlines support easy wayfinding to and from the station.
With the new Museum Park we create synergies between culture, recreation, community and play. We open up around the concert place and youth hangout spot – Huset, and establish a strong connection with the library. Both institutions are important for the local community, and the new park design makes room for both to spread the activities into the park. Circular stay elements are perfect for a group reading, and the large
round seating element can be the frame for outdoor lectures or intimate outdoor concerts. The opposite side of Huset is a play and sports hub, a multifunctional playscape that engages people in all ages to join in. The park opens up towards the street and invites you in, large areas are kept open and unprogrammed, here you can gather for a picnic surrounded by tall meadow grasses or you can watch the ducks in the pond.