Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects



Here's a second new project by ALA Architects: construction is underway on Kilden performing arts centre in Kristiansand, Norway.


The £117 million project will provide facilities for the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Opera South and a number of local theatre groups.


Construction is expected to be completed in 2011. See our earlier story on the Tropaion residential project in Helsinki by ALA Architects.


The following is from ALA Architects:

ALA Architects has been working on the competition-winning design of the new cultural landmark building “Kilden” in the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand for three and a half years, and the results are beginning to show. The building is under construction on an old harbour site next to the city centre. The project has a gross floor area of 16 000 m2 and a total budget of 1,2 billion NOK.


Kilden will gather together all the city’s institutions of performing arts. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra will have at its disposal a concert hall designed to accommodate 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, will have a theater with a capacity of 700, excellent acoustics and advanced equipment with a stage tower.


The theater can be transformed to accommodate opera performances and will also house the ensemble Opera South. In addition, there will be a small stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.


Kilden produces experiences. The core of its architecture is the way the concert, theater and multi-purpose halls are coordinated with the service areas. The halls are arranged in a row according to their functions, and the organization of the service areas allows common production equipment to serve all halls efficiently and without interference. The service areas are located on one side of the halls and the foyer on the other.


The varying forms of the auditoria will be covered by a curved wooden wall. The monumental abstract form of the wall, made of local oak, separates reality from fantasy. Passing through, the audience will move from natural landscape to the realm of performing arts.


The wall allures the audience and expresses the diversity of artistic performances housed by the building as well as the power induced by their combination. The wall made of spiral overlapping boards is not only a disguised theatrical effect but a concrete tactile artifact, which also improves the acoustics of the foyer.


The infinite blackness of the other facades emphasizes the spectacle of the curved wall in the foyer. The building is like an exclusive case for the instruments it encloses.


The international design team is putting finishing touches to working drawings at the moment. The site is a hotbed of activity with the pier being expanded to accommodate the building and the ground being prepared. A parking facility is being built across the road.


Architectural design: ALA Architects ltd, Helsinki
Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston

In collaboration with SMS architects ltd, Kristiansand
Erik Sandsmark

Client: TKS IKS, a municipal company in Kristiansand

Posted on Monday August 11th 2008 at 10:04 pm by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    Great images! That great expanse of wood seems odd, but I suppose Norwegians will relate to it.

  • rodger

    how exciting.
    nice project.

  • Maxence

    I can’t say if i like the mix between wood nurves curves and straights lines with black shape.
    I prefer to have a live scene in the center of the concert hall.
    But this project is interesting, not perfect (it’s a sketch ok)

  • Grisham

    whats with the shallow tilted roof? if you are going with the naval them, do it all the way.

  • Patricio Paredes

    nice idea!
    simple and overwhelming…
    saludos desde Chile

  • brad

    it certainly has a backside…

  • what about the other 3 sides ….

  • One

    Norway is looking for a mysterious space,.. like aurora? Something other than modernity…?

  • Roel

    This is just a generic box with one “designed” side, that is not even that interesting… Also the interior pictures don’t show any traces of design. (Especially the first interior rendering is really a joke.)

  • the big black & white zebra

    Catch the ripples on the ripples…. should trip the light fantastic!

    Very heavy, but why not – interesting

  • tadao cern

    Very good. Helped me to remember why i want to be an architect.

  • zuy

    Ala la bravo!!!!

  • Gabs

    Too much of a facade, too little of a project

  • One

    I feel that I will like this buildig when I am there, in the very cold and dark environment, even though I am as were I am, not too interested in looking at this type of mega acrobatic facade archtecture in the vicinity of my house.

    I think this building provably appeal to those who live there, as there might be dry under this huge canopy, as the facade welcomes guys arrivig there, as this huge glass let you feel your tough nature in other way, less histile way than when you are put out sidewth huge jacket on…

    Sor of beig overwhelming in order to show a warm atitude, … says alot about tough ness being there?

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  • niels

    I think the project is designed from one viewpoint, only one facade is thought of, the rest of the building is just a blackbox. In my opinion the building will only work if you stand in front of it. I believe that if you walk around it won’t work. Also I don’t think there are a lot of interesting interlocking spaces. The facade looks quite tempting from that one position though, but that’s not the same as good architecture.