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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 2:00 AM
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NUUK / GREENLAND | Development Thread

About Nuuk, Greenland:
Founded in 1728, Nuuk is Greenland's capital and largest city. By the mid 1800s, Nuuk had become a diverse city with both Danish colonists and native Inuit people. Despite years of struggle and assimilation, the Greenlandic people began a cultural revival in the mid 1900s, centered in Nuuk. In the 1950s, Denmark began to modernize the city causing thousands of Greenlandic people to both willingly and forcefully be moved into the city, thus leaving their nomadic lifestyles. In 1979, the city changed its name from Godthab to Nuuk when Greenlandic home rule was finally established.

Today, Nuuk is the center of modern Greenland. With a population of 17,000, it makes up 1/3 of the Greenlandic population. Nuuk is often considered to be the most prosperous predominately Native American city in the world. Despite its small population, the city is very modern and resembles a mid-sized Scandinavian city. Nuuk's population is expanding at a rapid rate as Greenlanders leave their small settlements in hope of a better future in Nuuk.

Disclaimer: I do not live in Greenland so I am probably unaware of many projects there. I will try my best to keep this list updated nonetheless.



Current/Recent Projects in Nuuk:

Ny Anstalt Correctional Facility:
The Ny Anstalt Correctional Facility will be Greenland's first prison. Currently, all prisoners in Greenland are sent to prisons in Denmark. It will have room for 76 prisoners and is located north of the city in a previously undeveloped area - a new road had to be built to get to it. The $60 million prison will offer many amenities in order to rehabilitate prisoners. The project will be completed sometime in 2018.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Unnamed Road north of Nuuk Airport

Image Source: Design Build Network

Nuuk Harbor Container Terminal:
A new 60,000 sq. meter container terminal is being built at Nuuk Port. Work on port improvements began in 2015 and this project should be done by the end of 2018.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Qeqertanut Aqq.


Siorarsiorfik District:
Siorarsiorfik will be the largest urban development project to ever occur in Greenland. This project is meant to remedy the huge population growth and lack of housing within the City of Nuuk. The city's population is estimated to go from 17,000 to 26,000 by 2030. Nuuk gains hundreds of new citizens every year and there is a very long waiting list for housing. The new district will have 2,500 homes/units in its first phase which will house around 5,000 people. Two new primary schools, one secondary school, and a 20,000 sq. meter retail area is also planned. A large indoor stadium and art museum, both designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are also proposed. A large tunnel will be built that will link the neighborhood to the rest of Nuuk's districts. The government hopes this will also attract some of the thousands of young Greenlanders living abroad to relocate to Nuuk. The neighborhood will be 20 minutes away from Nuuk's town center.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Siorarsiorfik


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Siorarsiorfik Town Center:
This 20,000 sq. meter town center will be home to the district's shops, restaurants, and likely a grocery store. Due to its long distance from Nuuk's center, this new town center will serve the people in Nuuk's eastern suburbs. The district's secondary school will be located here. The town center will be a car-free zone to encourage walkability in the neighborhood.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Siorarsiorfik

Image Source: Siorarsiorfik

New Qinngorput Apartments:
Qinngorput is the newest district of Nuuk, located on its east side. Dozens new apartment towers have been constructed over the past few years. Other small apartments and duplexes have also been built recently. The neighborhood was completely undeveloped only 10 years ago.

STATUS: Partially Complete
Location:
Qinngorput


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Qinngorput Brugseni:
Brugseni is a supermarket chain in Nuuk. The new 1300 sq. meter store is located in the town center of Qinngorput, across the street from the school and next to the Spar supermarket. It was completed in mid 2016.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Hans Lyngip Aqq.

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Pisissia Apartments:
Six apartment buildings, with 84 total units, were built a few years ago in Qinngorput.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Unaaq Aqq.

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Hans Lynge Skole:
Hans Lynge Skole is a secondary school that was built in the town center in the Qinngorput district.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Hans Lyngip Aqq.

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Nuuk Center Mall:
Nuuk Center is Greenland's first shopping mall. The mall is two stories tall and has an underground parking garage. It is a modern mall with a grocery store, restaurants, and dozens of retail stores. It is located in the city center. The upper floors are used for office space.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
H.J. Rinkip Aqq.

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Bank of Greenland Building:
The Bank of Greenland recently constructed a new 8 story office building for their headquarters in Nuuk's city center.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Imaneq Aqq.

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Højhuse Jagtvej:
Højhuse Jagtvej is an apartment complex that was built recently in Nuuk. It is made up of two large towers.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Svend Jungep Aqq.


Queen Ingrid Hospital Modernization:
Queen Ingrid Hospital has served as Nuuk's hospital since 1953. Recently, renovations have been made to modernize the hospital. Though some areas are complete, most of the complex has yet to be renovated. It was redesigned by C.F. Moller Architects. Renovations will be done in nine phases.

STATUS: Partially Complete
Location:
Dronning Ingridsvej Aqq.

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New Nuuk Stadium:
A new national football stadium will likely be built in Siorarsiorfik. In addition to football, it will be used for concerts and other events. It was designed by the Bjark Ingels Group (BIG). It may end up being built in the spot of the current Nuuk Stadium. Many politicians are seeking to downsize the proposed stadium due to concerns over being able to fill up such a large stadium in a city of Nuuk's size.

STATUS: Proposed
Location:
Siorarsiorfik

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Greenland National Gallery of Art:
Designed in 2011 by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the proposed Greenland National Gallery of Art will be built in the new Siorarsiorfik district. The museum will showcase artwork from all of Greenland's history. It will be an important cultural institution in Nuuk.

STATUS: Proposed
Location:
Siorarsiorfik

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Tujuuk & Block P Urban Redevelopment:
The Tujuuk neighborhood (Block P) in Nuuk is known for its crumbling "commie block" apartments. Currently, all of the Tujuuk and "Block P" apartments are abandoned and boarded up. A new plan to redevelop the neighborhood calls for 126 homes and a new hotel. Construction will be completed in late 2019. I cannot find the final plans for the residential units, but they may be basing them off of the plan made by 42 Architects.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Ceresvej Aqq.


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Noorlemut Apartments:
Three new apartment buildings were recently constructed in Nuuk Centrum. This project is a great example of Greenland's unique architectural style.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Noorlemut Aqq.

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Nuuk Airport Runway Extension:
The Nuuk airport will be undergoing major changes in the near future. Most notably, the runway will be expanded from 950 meters to 2200 meters. This will likely lead to Nuuk Airport being Greenland's new international airport, and the downsizing of Kangerlussuaq Airport, the current international airport. Though Greenlanders settled on improving the current Nuuk Airport, other proposals were made. Most notably, B.I.G proposed a new airport and port development on a small island south of Nuuk, which would have been connected to the city by either tunnel or ferry.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Aqisseqarajooq Aqq.

Image Source: Kalaallit Airports

HHE Express Hotel:
The owners of Hotel Hans Egede are developing a new low-budget hotel that will be open in Spring 2020. It will be built in the Tuujuk neighborhood as a part of its redevelopment project. The hotel is meant to accommodate the large boost in tourism Nuuk will receive after the airport extension project is done.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
Ceresvej Aqq.

Image Source: Kalaallit Nunaata Radio

Current/Recent Projects outside of Nuuk:

New Qaqortoq Airport and Road to Narsaq:
A new airport is being built 6.5km outside of Qaqortoq, the largest city in the Kujalleq Municipality. The runway will be 1500 meters with the possibility of being upgraded to 1800 meters. A new road is being built to link Qaqortoq with the airport site. In a future phase, the road will extend to Nuupiluk farm, where a ferry line to Narsaq will be established.

STATUS: Under Construction
Location:
North of Qaqortoq

Image Source: Kalaallit Airports

Pissassarfik Disability Center:
A new disability and rehabilitation center has opened in Sisimiut. It was completed in February 2018.

STATUS: Complete
Location:
Sisimiut

Image Source: Sermitsiaq

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Old Posted Jan 9, 2018, 2:02 AM
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It looks really cold there! Like the OP suggested, there's a surprising amount of development for only 17K people. Impressive.
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Traveling to Greenland is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing !
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I feel ashamed that architecture in that Greenland is far better than we have here in all but the best projects in California.

Looking great!
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I am somewhat amazed that there are hipsters even in Greenland.
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I am somewhat amazed that there are hipsters even in Greenland.
Believe it or not, Greenland as a whole, especially Nuuk, is sort of known for being super-hip and progressive in both social and political issues.

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I feel ashamed that architecture in that Greenland is far better than we have here in all but the best projects in California.

Looking great!
Greenland does indeed have very unique architecture. I think it fits really well with the environment.

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I am somewhat amazed that there are hipsters even in Greenland.

Not that I have any connection to Greenland other than wanting to travel there but yea skateboarding at least is relatively popular although confined to the younger generation.

I'm really glad someone is doing a Nuuk thread I remember like ten years ago there was a lot of interest and photos around as the city & country started experiencing its current cultural and economic revival. Fascinatingly beautiful place that we need to see more of.
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I'm really glad someone is doing a Nuuk thread I remember like ten years ago there was a lot of interest and photos around as the city & country started experiencing its current cultural and economic revival. Fascinatingly beautiful place that we need to see more of.
No problem! I have always had a fascination for Greenland ever since I was in middle school for some weird reason. Greenland is experiencing a lot of growth recently, especially in Nuuk, so I figured I would start a thread. I hope to add other Greenlandic cities' projects also!
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Wow! Cool projects and they look much cooler than a lot of the bland-lackluster stuff being built here in the US..
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Looks awesome. We Canadians could learn a thing or two from Greenland about building in the high arctic .
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Looks awesome. We Canadians could learn a thing or two from Greenland about building in the high arctic .
I agree. Greenland tends to have much higher quality buildings than Nunavut's cities do. Iqaluit for example doesn't even compare to Nuuk in terms of architecture.
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Looks great!

And I have to disagree that the architecture looks unique. It looks Scandinavian which personally is one of my favorite strains of modernism.
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I have been here and it is somewhat cool, but so damn desolete as well, no, the hipster look is waaaaay overdone...
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OMG AMAZING I LOVE IT!!!!!
Ill return to skyscraperpage forum for this thread. Thank you for this and the updates!!!!
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(btw any change you might do updates from greenland alltogether while you're at it anyway?) DD
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OMG AMAZING I LOVE IT!!!!!
Ill return to skyscraperpage forum for this thread. Thank you for this and the updates!!!!
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(btw any change you might do updates from greenland alltogether while you're at it anyway?) DD
I plan to do all of Greenland - I'm just a bit lazy and busy currently lol. I'll add more projects to the list soon.
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I plan to do all of Greenland - I'm just a bit lazy and busy currently lol. I'll add more projects to the list soon.
What drives the economy? It looks like they are having a building boom but what industries are behind it? Extraction (mining etc)? Fishing? Tech?

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What drives the economy? It looks like they are having a building boom but what industries are behind it? Extraction (mining etc)? Fishing? Tech?
As far as I know, mining. Nuuk itself is getting a big boom though because there is a lot of Danish investment/jobs there. So, the city is gaining almost a thousand new residents a year, most from other cities in Greenland. That creates a huge need for development there. As for southern Greenland and other places, huge investments in the mining sector are coming in. The Qaqortoq area is getting a new airport - the main reason is to help the uranium mining operations that are popping up in the area. Tourism also generates a lot of money for Greenland. And as you said, fishing has been and continues to be a huge industry for Greenland.

EDIT: I'd say another reason why Greenland is pushing for so much development is because they hope to gain self-sufficiency and independence in the future.
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I'd one day love to retire to Southern Greenland especially as the earth warms and Greenland melts... The island will only get warmer and more inhabitable again...

The new airport projects will also open up access and allow for more direct European and American flights again with the possibility of making Greenlandair the new Icelandair with a huge secondary market of transferring people mid-way to their destination like Keflavik is famous for now...

I'm more curious to know what will happen to Narsarsuaq and Kangerlussuaq the two cast off airport former US WWII Air Force bases that are now the primary airports for the nation. They are to be closed once Qaqortoq and Nuuk 2.0 open but I could see companies using these airports for a variety of different things...
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I'd one day love to retire to Southern Greenland especially as the earth warms and Greenland melts... The island will only get warmer and more inhabitable again...

The new airport projects will also open up access and allow for more direct European and American flights again with the possibility of making Greenlandair the new Icelandair with a huge secondary market of transferring people mid-way to their destination like Keflavik is famous for now...

I'm more curious to know what will happen to Narsarsuaq and Kangerlussuaq the two cast off airport former US WWII Air Force bases that are now the primary airports for the nation. They are to be closed once Qaqortoq and Nuuk 2.0 open but I could see companies using these airports for a variety of different things...
The old airports will likely remain open but massively downsized. Kangerlussuaq still has some science related jobs there that will stay - it also has a road to the ice cap which I'm sure will continue to bring in tourists. As for Narsarsuaq, I'm not sure. I suppose it will stay open but most residents there aren't even Greenlandic as far as I know, and I'm not sure how many of the Greenlanders there are even native to Narsarsuaq. I imagine it will stay somewhat populated but only by a small group of Greenlanders who have always lived in the village.
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