Mo i Rana, Nordland

Mo i Rana, city centre and mobility hub


Inner warmth

Revitalizing Mo i Rana: From Industrial Past to Green Energy Future! As the second largest city in Nordland, Mo i Rana is in a favorable position to undergo a true transformation. With a rich history rooted in Norway's post-WWII coal, steel, and energy needs, Mo i Rana is undergoing reforms to embrace its greatest asset - abundant, affordable green energy. The only thing missing? A workforce ready to harness it. Join the Mo i Rana revolution!

Ranheim Eiendom, BNE, Clements Eiendom
Parallel competition, selected, masterplan
66.31526°N, 14.14035°E
1:1 Landskab and Urban Creators
00.0000°N, 00.0000°E

Join the Workforce Revolution

As the city transforms into a hub for green energy, there's a need for a dedicated workforce. That's why Mo i Rana is seeking to rebuild its community into a socially sustainable and attractive place to live. Imagine calling a friendly, warm oasis amidst the cold and rugged beauty of the Helgeland coast your home. Apply now and be a part of Mo i Rana's bright future!

Quarters and crosslines

We decided on a concept that splits the town centre into four quarters. These four quarters create an inner space that allows weather-adapted urban life to flourish in the very harsh coastal climate of Nordland.

Wood warms trice

Wood has a unique ability to bring warmth, not only when it's burning, but also through its connection to tradition and continuity. In Mo i Rana, wood is a symbol of warmth, embodying the city's rich history and strong sense of place.

Our goal was to create a socially sustainable place identity that reflects Mo i Rana's warm and welcoming spirit, making it an attractive destination for future residents.

Past becomes present

Mo i Rana’s post-war industrial past is very present in the architecture. The rebuilding of Norway’s war-damaged cities was done by famous architect and pioneering urban planner Sverre Pedersen, who had a very linear approach to urban planning which is quite visible in Mo i Rana.

Our approach was not to discard the planning of the past, but rather – in line with our general circular approach to the task – to reuse and engage in dialogue with the original plan and vision. Below we present a series of main concepts. Inspired by the past. Forming the future.

Mo i Rana - busshub

Transforming into a sustainable and connected mobility hub.

Mo i Rana - aksial grid struktur

(Sverre Pedersen Byplan 1923-24)

Maintaining the architectural axis with a tight facade row and tree lines emphasizing the axis.

Organic village settlements

(Moholmen, early 1900)

Creating an organic facade flow with fluctuating, flexible public spaces

Principles for better mobility

Current situation

changing the city structure

establishing a new mobility hub

Context-Driven Development

The controlling grid



Content-Driven Development

Make space for the unpredictible

Green connections

The city loop

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