January 2, 2022

KAA Strategic Masterplan Tender: Finalists proposals

In December 2021 Kadeco announced that a multidisciplinary team led by KCAP had been selected as the winner of the Keflavík Airport Area Strategic Masterplan Tender. In the first phase of the design tender, proposals were submitted by 25 teams, each made up of seven to ten companies and many of them global leaders in their fields. Three multinational teams, led by design firms Arup, Jacobs, and KCAP, qualified for the final phase of the masterplan tender where each team presented and submitted a proposal for a masterplan.

KCAP placed first among the competition’s finalists, and have been selected to develop a strategic masterplan for the Keflavik Airport area. Evaluators praised KCAP’s emphasis on compact development, intensification of existing resources, and sustainable mobility solutions. They also lauded KCAP’s pragmatic phasing strategy and innovative approach to economic diversification. 

The winning proposal seeks to capitalize on Keflavik’s strategic position between Europe and North America, its plentiful supply of renewable energy, and the captivating landscape of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark. At the same time, the masterplan emphasizes a people-focused approach, to ensure that the airport and local communities grow together in a mutually beneficial manner.

Following are evaluators comments and pdfs for the three finalists proposals:

KCAP - Winning proposal

KCAP Architects and Planners led an international team which included VSO Consulting, WSP, Felixx, MobilityinChain, Buck Consultants International, Buro Happold, Base design, Kanon Arkitektar, Amberg Loglay and Maurits Schafsma. KCAP´s  proposal demonstrated an outstanding understanding of the challenges the masterplan needs to address. The proposed ideas display a clear comprehension of the scale and spatial implications and opportunities of the area. This was demonstrated in their proposed mobility strategy that included solutions for local transport as well as improved connection to the capital area with a sensible link to the Borgarlina. The proposal stressed the early engagement with key stakeholders in order to develop the economic activities suggested, which are driven by the airport and will serve the local community. Kadeco is looking forward to working closely with KCAP and their team to develop a masterplan that will provide a blueprint for the municipalities and Isavia. 

KCAP proposal (PDF)


Arup collaborated with KPMG Iceland, Yrki, Arquitectura Agronomia, Mannvit, Environice, Vatnaskil and Athygli. The team´s proposal provided a high-level vision for the masterplan area and the wider region which included ambitious ideas that centered on the airport as an economic driver. The proposal focused on future technology and green industry with a great emphasis on carbon neutrality. The ideas were visually well presented and gave a good indication of the spatial representation of the plan. 

Arup proposal (PDF)


Jacobs led a multidisciplinary design team which included Grimshaw Architects, Gross Max Landscape Architects, VSB, Croisette and Future City. Their proposal demonstrated a good understanding of the area and provided a clear vision for the masterplan. The proposal displayed an excellent comprehension of the nature and the landscape of the area and suggested an innovative approach to using that in design and planning around the airport and beyond. The proposal also demonstrated a good understanding of the mobility challenges facing the region. 

Jacobs proposal (PDF)





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