KCAP's K64 Keflavík Airport Area Master Plan Wins 2023 'The Plan Award'

Rotterdam, 13 November 2023—Last week at an award ceremony in Milan, KCAP's K64 Keflavík Airport Area Master Plan won the 2023 'The Plan Award', in the category of 'Transportation'. The award is given by the Italian magazine The Plan, and it recognises excellence in architecture, interior design and urban planning. Published eight times a year, The Plan is one of the most respected trade publications covering these fields.

The K64 Keflavík Airport Area Master Plan, serves as a roadmap to guide the development surrounding the international airport. Centrally positioned at the Reykjanes peninsula, the airport is adjacent to low-density areas—a characteristic shaped by the country's unique geography and demographics. The strategic master plan aims to seamlessly integrate the airport with these largely residential communities through a mix of densification, public walkways and cycling paths. ​

Located 50 km away from the capital Reykjavík, the Suðurnes peninsula, with Keflavík International Airport, is Iceland’s most emblematic gateway. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe and North America, home to the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, the airport area is exceptionally well suited to become one of the leading developments for sustainable innovation in the aviation, energy and technology sectors. The project is codenamed K64—because it straddles the 64th parallel north—the Keflavik Airport Area Master Plan aims to be a catalyst for innovating Iceland's economy. ​

The project has been designed to develop the full potential of this territory and explore untapped opportunities in relation to its global challenges of the future. Building on its privileged position at the intersection of the northern Atlantic routes, and banking on the Icelandic progressive way of thinking, K64 aims to converge influxes of people, assets and technologies toward a forward-looking environment—specifically designed to foster partnership, creativity and knowledge.

Moreover, the plan harmoniously aligns with Iceland's reforestation initiatives, weaving natural elements into the community fabric. ​

K64 Keflavík Airport Area Master Plan was developed by a multidisciplinary team led by KCAP, including WSP, FELIXX, MIC-HUB, VSO Consulting, Buck Consultants International, Buro Happold, Base Design, Maurits Schaafsma and Kanon Arkitektar.

The background of the project can be discovered at: www.k64.is

Location: Keflavík, Iceland
Client: Kadeco (Keflavík Airport Development Company)
Year: 2021-present
Status: Ongoing
Program: Strategic masterplan for the development of the Keflavík Airport Area
KCAP, Zürich (team lead, urban planning and urban design)
WSP, London (economic and real estate development, collaborative development, and organisational readiness)
Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners, Rotterdam (landscape architecture)
MIC-HUB, Milan (mobility and transport planning)
VSO Consulting, Reykjavík (consulting economy, mobility and urban planning)
Buck Consultants International, Nijmegen/The Hague (cargo strategy)
Buro Happold, Berlin (climate and aviation mitigation and energy strategy)
Base Design, Brussels (place branding)
Maurits Schaafsma, Amsterdam (consulting airport area master planning)
Kanon Arkitektar, Reykjavík (consulting urban planning and landscape architect)

Visuals and drawings: © KCAP, © Felixx, © MIC-KCAP, © PLOMP



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KCAP is a leading international design firm specialised in architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture. KCAP was founded in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse and is led today by seven partners: Xavier Blaringhem, Jeroen Dirckx, Ruurd Gietema, Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, Irma van Oort, Ute Schneider and Edward Schuurmans. KCAP holds offices in Rotterdam (NL), Zurich (CH) and Shanghai (CN) and works with a staff of more than 125 talented international professionals on a wide range of projects throughout Europe and Asia.

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WSP is a leading engineering and environmental professional services consulting firm which supports significant projects in both the built and natural environments. We provide engineering and design services to public and private sector clients in the transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, earth and environment, power and energy, resources and industry sectors, as well as a strategic advisory offering. Our team of around 9.000 technical specialists and strategic advisers in the UK is part of a talented family of over 60.000 global changemakers, transforming what’s possible to build a smarter, greener future for all. Together, we deliver innovative solutions to solve complex problems for our clients and the communities we serve, meeting both the needs of today and addressing the challenges of tomorrow.

FELIXX Landscape Architects & Planners is a Rotterdam-based office for proactive landscape architecture, founded in 2014. Felixx believes a better world requires a better organization of our environment. We specialize in addressing urgent global challenges with locally embedded design solutions. Our work has a broad international scope and our projects range from spatial research, landscape transformation strategies and masterplans, to public space and product design.
Deborah Lambert, Partner, +31 10 2733 028, pr@felixx.nl​

MIC-HUB is an international transport planning firm founded in 2009 and based in Milan, Moscow and New York City, with more than 50 talented consultants covering planning, architecture and engineering expertise. MIC most specific component is the ability to talk the language of transport engineering, using the latest and most sophisticated modelling simulation but also to understand the impact of mobility in its broader meaning on urban quality and ultimately real estate value. MIC is founded in fact on the belief that mobility influences the way we live and the quality of our lives and it was created with the ambition of improving every day’s people experience through a profound understanding of how we move.
Alessia Mendichi, Corporate Communication, mendichi@michain.com​

VSO Consulting is a VSO Consulting engineering firm with an emphasis on building construction, construction work, planning, zoning, geotechnics, road and street construction, electrical installations, environmental issues, climate solutions and business & civil economy. The company was founded in 1958 and the current staff is 95. VSO’s projects are in Iceland, Scandinavia and Africa.

Buck Consultants International carries out research, advises, implements and performs project management in the areas of supply chain strategy and design, international business strategy, location search and site selection, regional economic development, real estate and logistics.Our ambition is to support companies and governments in making realistic well-based strategic choices. BCI holds offices in Europe's most important business cities; in the US in Atlanta, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles; and in Asia in Singapore and Shanghai.
Arjen Donkersloot, Senior Consultant/Manager, +31 6 1318 3358, arjen.donkersloot@bciglobal.com​

Buro Happold is an international, integrated consultancy of engineers, consultants and advisers, with a presence in 29 locations worldwide, over 70 partners and 1.900 employees. For over 40 years Buro Happold has built a world-class reputation for delivering creative, value led solutions for an ever challenging world. ​
Veronica Günther, Marketing & Communications Manager, +49 30 8609 063 240, veronica.guenther@burohappold.com​

Base is an international network of studios led by creatives in Brussels, New York, Geneva and Melbourne. Base understands (context), verbalizes (strategy), defines (concept), creates (design), seeks (clarity), and builds (empathy). Base does Strategy + Branding + Digital. Base is about people, simplicity and common sense.
Maurits Schaafsma
LinkedIn profile​

Kanon Arkitektar - Since 1994 Kanon arkitektar ehf have been providing expertise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning to meet the demands of our clients, whether they are private persons, developers or from the public sector; the team currently comprises of seven architects and a landscape architect with diverse experience and background. Kanon arkitektar ehf are active participants in competitions, open and invited and pride themselves with a long register of awards and nominations. Since April 2016, Kanon arkitektar ehf have been operating a certified quality control system according to ÍST EN ISO 9001:2015. ​

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KCAP is a globally renowned urbanism, architecture and landscape design firm, comprising a team of over 100 people and more than 25 nationalities. With offices in Rotterdam, Zürich, Paris and Shanghai, we specialise in caring for the lifecycle and transformation processes of buildings, neighbourhoods and urban regions. KCAP was founded in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse and over the years grown into a well-known international design office with seven distinguished partners: Xavier Blaringhem, Jeroen Dirckx, Ruurd Gietema, Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, Irma van Oort, Ute Schneider and Edward Schuurmans.