Bodø, Norway, has a history that unfolds like a story of multiple cities. From its humble beginning as a humble fisherman’s village to becoming an industrial town, a military base, a thriving university city, a county capital, and a popular tourist destination. Now, once more, Bodø is on the cusp of a transformation, poised for a new chapter in its ever-changing narrative.
As the military moves out and the airport has been relocated, Bodø is expanding westward to accommodate new residents and support its growing tourist industry. “Molokvartalet”, the urban development plan for the area, aims to both expand and strengthen Bodø’s urban core by building on the city’s unique inherent qualities; the untamed omnipresent nature – the sea, cliffs, and mountains - that has shaped its identity.
Molokvartalet is designed as a dense, mixed-use neighbourhood that fosters a sense of intimacy and connectivity, while maintaining strong ties to both the waterfront and the existing city. A cohesive, harmonious, and appealing place that looks toward the future Bodø as a vibrant, exciting, and engaging city. Situated between the city centre and the waterfront, it already possesses valuable qualities; the proximity to the sea and scenic surroundings are defining features of Bodø and are enhanced in the urban development plan for the neighbourhood. Future residents will be able to relish direct views of either the park or the waterfront, which will contribute to a high quality of life. To ensure urban character and life at street level, ground floor areas along the main street, Mologaten, are reserved for public facilities and retail.
The urban development plan for Molokvarteret harmoniously brings together the city, sea, and nature, resulting in an aggregated space that encourages a lively atmosphere along the waterfront. By making the coastal landscape accessible, it will serve as a catalyst for Bodø’s growth trajectory, attracting new residents and tourists to experience the city’s charm and scenic beauty.