Kulturkvartalet by drdharchitects

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Kulturkvartalet by drdharchitects

Here are the latest images of UK architects drdh’s design for a new cultural quarter in Bodø, Norway comprising a library and culture house.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

The Kulturkvartalet scheme originally won a competition in 2008 (see our previous story) and is currently in the design development stage with construction to start early next year.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

The library and culture house will sit opposite each other on separate blocks.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The library, which has three floors, is accessed from a new square on the harbour front and contains a flexible performance room, gallery, cafe and typical library spaces.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

The culture house will look out over the roof of the library towards the harbour and contains three concert halls, with the main auditorium seating  950.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

The Kulturkvartalet forms part of a wider redevelopment the area is to undergo over the next ten years.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

Here's some more from the architects:


The Cultural Quarter in Bodø

Introduction to the Exhibition

By DRDH Architects

This images show our work-in-progress for the new Culture House and Library. Located on the harbour front in Bodø’s future Cultural Quarter, the project is approximately halfway through design development. Following the international design competition held for the project in 2008, our design work began in 2009. It is anticipated that construction will start in early 2011 with completion due in May 2014.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

The illustrations show our design intentions for the buildings. The size and massing of the buildings, and the functionality and arrangement of interior spaces are defined. In the coming months the materials and design of the exterior of the buildings will be developed in parallel to developing the detailed design of the interior spaces. This current design stage will be completed in October 2010 after which we will be able to share our progress on the developing design.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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Introduction to the Project

The new Cultural Quarter for Bodø, the Kulturkvartalet, is part of a wider urban framework for the city. In the planning for ten years, the Cultural Quarter is envisaged as a vibrant new performance centre and meeting place for residents and visitors. Two new buildings will form the harbourside Cultural Quarter; the Culture House and the Library, housing a variety of performance spaces for music, theatre and dance, as well as galleries, community spaces, and spaces for education and learning for all ages.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The Site

The site is located across two city blocks on the harbour front. Block 105, which faces the harbour, will site the Library and Block 100 will site the Culture House. The surrounding streets and the quayside are also part of the Cultural Quarter development.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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Design Concept

Inherent to the design concept of our competition proposal was the way in which the two buildings faced both towards the harbour and the city centre. The buildings have a figurative quality. Each is distinct but related to the other, and with their city and waterfront contexts. The geometries and form of each building adjust to the variations in the grain of the city fabric.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The main entrance facade of the Culture House is inflected to form a hinge in the shifting line of the street, whilst the waterfront facade of the library adjusts to the line of the harbour wall, recalling both the shed like nature of harbour-side structures and the civic qualities of a temple or basilica. Arriving by boat, the buildings present themselves as a single piece; a ‘hill’ of gabled forms, glittering on a sunny day.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The Culture House has three auditoria compactly placed east west across the site. In the centre is the 950-seat main auditorium (Sal 1) and fly tower; to the harbour-side the 300-seat flexible auditorium (Sal 2); and to the city is the popular music venue, Sinus The interior public spaces that connect these auditoria are a series of generous, proportioned rooms, planned to take advantage of expansive views across the harbour over the roof of the Library.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The principal entrance is situated on Storgata with a second, smaller lobby opening opposite the new city square created where the Culture House faces the Library. The back-of-house facilities wrap the main auditorium and fly tower. The Library is a building for the community and has, in addition to its Library functions, a number of spaces for the public: a flexible performance space for 150 people, a gallery, a multifunction room and a cafe. The three level Library is accessed from the new square on Storgata or from the harbour front. There is a route between these front doors through the Library. The public spaces and entrance to the Library are on the ground level, with Library spaces above.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The Main Auditorium

The 950 capacity main auditorium is the centrepiece of the project and is designed to be both an international standard symphonic hall, providing a home for the new Nordland Symphony orchestra, and a world class stage for proscenium theatre, opera, dance, and amplified music.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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The space will achieve a high level of acoustic performance due to its scale and finish but also be adaptable to provide the stage requirements and intimacy of a theatre venue.This will be achieved through the innovative use of an adaptable orchestra shell, flexible proscenium and the adjustable linings of the room. We see the auditorium as the major congregational space for the inhabitants of Bodø and will above all else be a beautiful room and a symbol of the city.

Bodø Kulturhus and Library by drdharchitects

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See also:

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Bodø Kulturhus and Library
by drdharchitects
Cultural centre at Bodø,
by Langdon Reis Zahn
A Model City
by drdharchitects
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Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 6:04 pm by Joe Mills. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • edward

    Nice massing, but the fenestration is uninspiring. Looks fiftyish.

  • Felix

    love the attention to materials guys

  • Curious

    There was a sensitivity to the model images before that is missing here, whats it made out of? Its all very grey.. Is it just me or do the two buildings look like pushed/pulled versions of the same volume, to the extent that they fail to mesh with the surrounding buildings…

    But an exciting project and I look forward to seeing it completed.

  • Sven

    one more sad addition to Bodø…

  • James Williamson

    Why is it so dull? I find this very uninspiring for a culture house……….

  • Abhi

    very very dull and boring