Like all other cities, Nuuk is a living organism – growing and changing. Its transformation is based on a meticulous plan to give the city the look we want. And, this year, the plan is particularly far-reaching.

What are the height restrictions for buildings? What can the individual plots be used for? And what about the outdoor areas, paths and architecture? You will find answers to all of these questions and more in the new municipal development plan: “New Master Plan for Nuuk”.

The plan contains a new master plan for Nuuk and 37 supplements to the plan, outlining the future for the individual districts.

The reason for the extensive plan is that a new urban district is being constructed in Siorarsiorfik, and new land is being added to Qinngorput and Nuussuaq.

Specific requirements ensure aesthetics and quality

For example, the plan specifically describes the district in the vicinity of the Atuarfik Samuel Kleinschmidt school. An area is being cleared to accommodate a new integrated daycare centre, which supports the municipality’s policy of avoiding too many daycare changes for children. It is further specified that the outdoor area at this daycare centre must be at least as large as the total indoor area.

The plan also allows for redevelopment of the school, and an area is allocated for a football pitch and a small playground.

Land in this area is also earmarked for housing. However, in both cases, buildings must meet a range of design and quality requirements to ensure a consistent look.

For example, new builds must be adapted to existing terrain. The architecture must reflect the location at this historical axis. The plan also describes the materials that will be used. Roofs must, for instance, be clad with dark roofing felt, zinc, copper or wood, or must be built as a green roof.

Culture and coastal path must generate vitality

Further south, the plan also describes new developments near Malik in Nuussuaq, in Qinngorput and in the new Siorarsiorfik district.

The supplement to the municipal development plan for Nuussuaq permits construction of cultural and commercial facilities such as a new stadium, conference centre, hotel, museum and gallery. There is even room for a new fire station.

The supplement for Qinngorput also allocates space for the path along the coastline, which will become a recreational hiking trail – and ski runs and green areas are also included in the plan.

All 37 of the supplements are available with the overall municipal development plan, outlining the intended future for each district of Nuuk.