Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway.  The plan was submitted to the city's Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.

Åndalsnes is a small harbor town (2,200 population) on a long fjord in Norway off the Rauma River.  Though small, the view from Åndalsnes is said to be spectacular, and many cruise ships stop at the harbor (known as the NATO harbor) bringing thousands of visitors. 


Åndalsnes, Norway: image via wikipedia.orgÅndalsnes, Norway: image via wikipedia.org


Though summers in Åndalsnes are very temperate, winters can be brutal.  With this in mind, Jagnefält Milton created a 'movable city,' using the city's old railroad tracks as the base for various buildings that could be moved downtown during visitor season; then, during the harsher seasons, they could be moved to a more temperate area. The building models, including hotels, shops, and even a public bath... are all on wheels.

In summer, the buildings would be spread out around the harbor...


Masterplan by the sea front.: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.comMasterplan by the sea front.: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.com


The rolling Public Bath: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.comThe rolling Public Bath: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.com


Public baths, schematic: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.comPublic baths, schematic: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.com


In the winter, the buildings would be moved to areas of the railroad tracks that are sheltered from the sea winds by the mountains.


Rolling hotel cabins sheltered from the wind and severe cold: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.comRolling hotel cabins sheltered from the wind and severe cold: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.com


This is a beautiful scene...


Floating/rolling cabin: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.comFloating/rolling cabin: ©Jagnefält Milton via archdaily.com


There are so many ways that communities could benefit from movable buildings, not to mention the savings in development expenditures a city would face in starting from scratch.  Use of existing materials and space is also eco-friendly, and perhaps even recycled materials could be used for the structures.

sources: ArchDaily, Wired UK, via PopSci, Wikipedia



Jan 9, 2011
by Anonymous

Good RR Reuse

Project would need or to expand any tunnels for storage & or caverns OR build outdoor dome storage units for mobile bldgs.

Unique project & Job maker for Norway alone.