The monumental, abstract shape of the wall, which is made of local oak wood, separates fantasy from reality. When the audience enters the building, they move from a natural landscape into the realm of the perform-ing arts.
The Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand by the young Finnish office ALA Architects represents this movement and opens up a glance of fantasy within the rough industrial surrounding of the old harbour.
The building is home to three independent cultural institu-tions: the Agder Regional Theatre, the Kristiansand Sym-phony Orchestra and the regional opera ensemble Sør. Alto-gether, the new building has more than 2270 seats that are spread over four halls in a row – a concert hall, a theatre and opera hall, a multipurpose hall as well as a studio stage for contemporary theatre. The respective undersides of the pro-jecting stands for the audience, which are all on the sea side of the building, form the functional foundation for the curved façade surface. While three sides of the otherwise reserved, black-box like structure have black aluminium façades, the entrance side receives guests with a grand gesture.
The glass façade facing the sea is one hundred metres long. One gigantic, column-free steel structure supports the top side of the stands for the audiences. The bottom views of the stages are in an irregular wave shape shuttered with warm, solid oak planks – reminiscent of the history of the city which grew in prosperity in the 17th century through exporting oak as a building material for sailing ships.
+ Project facts
Project: Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand/NO
Client: Teater og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS, Kristiansand/NO
Architects: ALA Architects, Helsinki/FI in cooperation with SMS Arkitekter, Kristiansand/NO
Glass: GEWE-therm® sun, SCHOLLGLAS TECHNIK GmbH Objektzentrum, Nossen/DE
Fotos: © HUFTON+CROW