This summer NOAA Architects partnered up with Rambøll, Anna-Mette Exner Arkitektur and Kontrapunkt for a competition on city space transformation and new climate solutions for the old, historic inner part of Tønder.

We still find ourselves mesmerized by the topographic of the old town.  

The design concept
The diagram above shows the areas in danger of flooding. The yellow line represents a ridge.

left: The norm in Tønder / right: During heavy rain

AktivitetsbÃ¥ndet – ØST

Section cut of the green band north of the old city center.
Illustration of an everyday situation at Aktivitetsbåndet.
Plan of the park and floodable reservoir.

Aktivitetsb̴ndet РVEST

From above you see a pattern inspired by the historic lacing-tradition in Tønder. The dynamic shapes invite a variation of activities. E.g. picnics, sport, teaching of the local high school students or concerts at the annual festival.


The new pavement will cover all the streets in Gråbrødrekvarteret.
Plan of the square


Skibbroen will remain the main parking lot, but a small square with a new building and a reservoir for rainwater will be added. When the recessed plaza isn’t filled with water it can be used as a amphitheater, host a small market or as a skating ring in the winter.

The street Skibbroen will change it’s use and favour pedestrians more.
Outdoor seating at the new square
Traditional lacing
Alternative plan for Skibbroen
Detail of the parking spaces paved pattern.


’Skulpturhaven’ is placed on the border between the city and the marshes. The new wooden pier improves the pedestrian connection between the two and frames the view of the fields. Due to occasional floodings the walkway is raised.

Plan of Skulpturhaven and the wooden walkway.
Section cut of the water reserve.
Illustration of the link between the city, the water and the fields.