By Talia Avakian
March 09, 2018

Travelers heading to Norway’s Oslo Airport will soon be able to spend their time in a 43-million-square-foot city adjacent to the airport.

Haptic Architects and the Nordic Office of Architecture recently unveiled plans for the new Oslo Airport City where travelers will find everything from driverless cars to large swimming arenas offering views of the airport’s runways.

The “Airport City”, a term John Kasarda of the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina created to describe development projects that extend out from the airport’s grounds, will feature a slew of smart features that include driverless cars and power that stems solely from renewable energy.

All of the vehicles within the city will be electric, including high-speed light rails that will make it so citizens “will never be more than five minutes away from public transport,” according to Haptic representatives.

The city’s center will be kept car-free and its outer skirt swill serve as a testing bed for driverless technology.

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Credit: Courtesy of Forbes Massie/Haptic

While the Oslo City Airport won’t be the world’s first Airport City, its emphasis on leisure and sports activities in combination with business facilities gives the space what Haptic representatives say will be a more urban feel than other airport cities.

“What you normally have with airport cities is some type of business park where you’ll mainly find logistic buildings, but what we’re doing is creating an airport city with urban qualities that include streets, squares, and walkable spaces not blocked off by cars, in addition to building on the various sport and leisure qualities Norwegians are quite into,” Tomas Stokke, the director of the architecture firm, told Travel + Leisure.

Part of this focus on sports and leisure will include an activity park where visitors will find climbing facilities, a large swimming arena, and attractions like parachute rides over the city. Renderings also depict a cycling route circling a large lake in the center of the city.

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Credit: Courtesy of Forbes Massie/Haptic
oslo airport city
Credit: Courtesy of Forbes Massie/Haptic

The city will also have nearly 11-million-square-feet of mixed-use real estate properties that will range from hotels and retail spaces to offices, housing, and cultural facilities.

The project takes inspiration from the Norwegian government’s plan to move from oil use to green energy, with the Oslo Airport planning to launch the first commercial routes using electric planes before 2030.

The two architecture firms plan to use the surplus energy made through the city’s renewable approach to sell to surrounding buildings and cities. Construction on the first stage expected to start in 2019 or 2020.

The first buildings are scheduled to be complete in 2022, with the entire project taking 30 years.