Kilden performing arts centre
by ALA Architects

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Slideshow: the undulating oak underbelly of four auditoriums bursts through the glazed facade of this concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Designed by Finnish architects ALA, the Kilden performing arts centre opened in January.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The curving wooden wall cantilevers out across the building's entrance, creating a huge canopy that projects out towards the harbour.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Behind the glass, a sprawling entrance lobby spans the length of the building and leads onto a 1200-seat auditorium, a 750-seat theatre and two smaller halls.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Production facilities are located to the rear of the halls, as are workshops, storage areas and staff rooms.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Aluminium zigzags across the remaining exterior walls of the building and a series of windows create a grid within the folds.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

We originally wrote about the project in 2008, when construction was first underway - see a set of visualisations here.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Photography is by Hufton + Crow.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Here's a full project description from ALA Architects:


"KILDEN", Performing Arts Center for Sørlandet

DESCRIPTION

The Performing Arts Centre “KILDEN” will house three organizations: the ‘Agder Theater’, the ‘Kristiansand Philharmonic’ and the ‘Opera South’.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The four performance halls are lined up in the mid-zone of the building leaving the production -spaces to the east and audience -spaces to the west side.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Further on the west along the waterside, a huge cantilevered roof will cover both the public city-space by the sea and the foyer space which provides access to the shows.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Waterfront-facade clad with local oak follows the forms defined by the halls and creates a surface separating real world from the illusional.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

URBAN IDENTITY

The urban character of the new theatre- and concert hall building should not only express the functionality of the project. The building will have a major impact on the cultural identity of the city of Kristiansand and the whole region. The architectural expression has to be instantly recognisable and unique. There is a strong demand for a cultural landmark building.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

Often in theatres the fly tower reflects the buildings function, acting simultaneously as a landmark. On this shore the role of the tower has already been taken by the silo. The signature image of the performing arts centre should be built with other means.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The main concept of the Teater- og Konserthus design is the series of performance spaces, which has been shaped out to act as a sign in the cityscape. This undulating, unified surface forms a dramatic lobby and foyer between the performance halls and the shoreline. The relationship of the building with the canal and the sea has strong tension and drama.

ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION

The undulating main façade acts as a surface separating reality from fantasy. This line is crossed as you step into the hall from the foyer. The other façades consist of a vertical folded surface giving the building a subdued elegant form, enhancing the foyer wall as the signifying form of the building. The audience is instinctively drawn towards the public foyer. The building has a desire to please the public, to be popular and understandable to everybody.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The foyer wall is built of local wood, most likely oak. This further emphasises the warm, inviting character of the foyer space. The vertically folded dark facades are made of sharply detailed, stained metal sheets, most likely of brass or copper.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The building is a sharp object with an almost exaggerated clarity of expression. It stands proudly in the rough industrial surroundings. The building creates elegant public and performing spaces and rough, functional production facilities. All this is combined into a shape of an elegant machine –a building as an instrument.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

FUNCTIONAL CONCEPT

The striking exterior appearance of the project is the first thing the visitor experiences. It is, however, a result of a careful analytical design process. The main functional concept is to organise all the production facilities of the building along a straight indoor street wide enough for trucks and deliver sets, instruments and materials. The performance halls are arranged to the other side of the street.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The order of the auditoriums is determined by the relations to the production facilities, the relations to the exterior logistics, and the relations between the auditoriums themselves. The main stage theatre hall is located so that the stage opens directly to the set-building workshops. This unit is on the southern end of the building to allow for easier loading and unloading of material. The flerbruksal and the biscene are located on both sides of the main stage for easy co-operation and share of facilities.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The concert hall is located at the northern end of the production street. The underbelly of the auditorium creates a memorable beginning for the curving foyer wall. The support facility zone diminishes next to the concert hall, allowing for the chamfered corner of the volume at the tightest corner of the building site.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

FOUR ZONES

The Theater- og konserthus consists of four parallel zones. The public foyer zone is the expressive, free flowing area of improvisation. The public meets each other. Temporary exhibitions and performances are presented. Parties and congresses are held. The foyer zone is easy to navigate- the public can easily find their way to the different auditoriums and support functions.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The auditoriums form the second zone between the foyer and the production street. They are conceived as individual, high-performance instruments for music and theatre production and performance. The architectural expression of the halls is formal and precise. They have a touch and feel of units with multiple uses and a very high level of technical functionality.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The production street is the third functional zone. The street is six meters wide and has full-height doors in both ends. The street ensures great flexibility between the auditoriums and the production facilities. The street also acts as an extra production and assembly space, as well as short-term storage.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The fourth functional zone consists of the production workshops, storage units and workplaces for the staff. This zone opens both to the production streets and the corridors directly above it, and to the outside through windows of the long eastern elevation.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

SUSTAINABILITY

Public buildings are an integral part of a socially sustainable environment.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The materials are of local sources. Kristiansand was built on the export of oak to Europe in the 16th century: The main undulating façade of Kilden is built of local oak, CNC milled and fully treated in Kristiansand.

Kilden performing arts centre by ALA Architects

The other three facades are to be made of aluminium from the factory across the fjord. The concrete factory supplying the building site is located 200 meters down the pier. Where relevant, local companies are supplying the project with their expertise, workforce and materials.

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The building is heated and cooled by district systems covering the whole of central Kristiansand.

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Kilden will become a truly local social hub.

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LOCATION:
Kristiansand, Norway

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STATUS:
International Architecture Competition 2005, 1st prize
Construction start 2007
Core finished October 2010
Construction work complete July 2011
Opening January 2012

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COMPETITION TEAM:
ALA Architects ltd
Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston

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PROJECT TEAM:
ALA Architects ltd / Helsinki, Kristiansand
in collaboration with:
SMS Arkitekter AS / Kristiansand

Acoustical designer:
BSA: RUP Acoustics / London with BS akustikk / Oslo
Theatre technical designer:
Theatre Projects Consultants / London
Building engineering:
Multiconsult AS / Oslo, Kristiansand
Mechanical Engineering:
Sweco Groner / Oslo
Electrical Engineering:
COWI / Oslo, Kristiansand

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CLIENT:
Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS

http://www.kilden.com

PROGRAM:
Approx. 27000m2
Concert hall with 1200 seats, Theatre-/Opera hall with 750 seats, multipurpose hall and small theatre hall, offices, workshops, rehearsal spaces, car park for 400 cars.

  • Chris

    It's weird, there's this beautiful organic front façade but then it's just abruptly ended by an angular corner and 3 jagged walls. Maybe it works better like that, I don't know. I just feel like more thought should have been placed in creating a more subtle transition between curve and angle. Overall however, a beautiful application of perspective and grandeur.

  • http://www.ldnwicklesscandles.com christine

    It looks like the buidling is being attacked by the killer orange goo. Definitely leaves an impression though. ;)

  • Chris

    Wow. Killer. So simple and so powerful.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    What a strking-looking hall! Utterly jaw-dropping.

  • Andrzej L

    Trully masterpiece, it seems that i have to go to Kristiansand to see this building. Those Finns are smart cookies.

  • http://rygestop-hvordan.dk/ Lars Foss

    Wow. That is just great architecture. Love the way the light falls on the wood in the front. I would sure plan to visit the concert hall next time I visit Kristiansand.

  • dundeedeb

    This is a bit try-hard for wood, isn't it?

  • silicon m

    A fantastic outcome for a very complex project. A lot of hard work, time, rigour and money went into the production of this very exquisite structure. The building is a proud addition to Kristiansand. Well Done ALA. We look forward to more of equally the same quality and design in the future.

    Cheers

  • Mario

    Oh Norway, you are so pretty! As well as the 'water-like' facade of this building.. Good job!

  • Ollie

    Stunning, crisply executed façade and some nifty geometric games going on here.

    Why do I get the feeling it’s in the middle of nowhere, though?

  • hugo

    this is what happens when you put together a ton of talent with a ton of money.

  • http://www.maxgerthel.com Max

    To the point! Simple, smart and efficient concept which doesn't compromise an interesting spatial and formal experience. Of course I should see it live before making conclusions, but from the photos it looks great!

  • archinerd

    Completely ineligent. shame, the renders had so much promise!

  • Jürgen

    Where's the picture of the other side? You get the impression that the 50 % of this building oriented away from the water is not so good…

  • ttt

    WOW!! Beautiful och mindblowing. Saw the project in its early stages but could never imagine a result this awsome. Hyvä!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dchasemartin David Martin

    each element taken as character in a narrative…the glass portion of the facade is entirely mis-handled by the oak portion…the originators fell in love with the oak element, and ran out of money with which to treat the glass wall with the same affection and understanding; in other words, there was a violent argument between the two elements…and the oak element won.