Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Norway, ALA Architects, Kristiansand
Construction year: 2012
Address: Sjølystveien 2 | KRISTIANSAND | Norway | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 58.13929, 7.99700

Kilden, a theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city’s performing arts institutions. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall accommodating 1,200 attendees. The regional Agder Theater is performing in a theater with a capacity of 750, that can be transformed to accommodate opera performances by the local ensemble Opera South. In addition, there is a stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.

Kilden produces experiences. The way the concert, theater and multi-purpose halls are serviced efficiently and without interference forms the core of its architecture. 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. This wall made of wedged CNC milled solid planks 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 foyer.

The project was executed according to original design, and within the given time frame and budget. ALA is currently working on the expansion of the venue.

Type: Competition, 2005, 1st prize, open since January 2012
Program:  24,600 m2 : concert hall with 1,200 seats, theater/opera hall with 750 seats, multi-purpose hall, small theater hall, offices, workshops, rehearsal spaces, car park for 400 cars.
Client: Teater og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS
Team: ALA Architects in collaboration with SMS Arkitekter. ALA: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Niklas Mahlberg (project architect at construction phase), Pekka Sivula, Pauliina Rossi, Julia Hertell, Pauliina Skyttä, Sami Mikonheimo, Jani Koivula,Auvo Lindroos, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Erling Sommerfeldt, Tomi Henttinen, Harri Ahokas, Anniina Koskela. SMS: Erik Sandsmark, Wenche Aabel, Jan Tørres B. Grønningsæter, Eirin Zachariassen, Hanne Alnes. Ext: Birger Grönholm (theater expertise), Julle Oksanen (lighting concept) & Klaus Stolt (scale models).
Collaborators:   WSP Multiconsult AS (structural engineering), Arup Acoustics (concert hall acoustics), Brekke Strand Acoustics (acoustics), Sweco Grøner (mechanical engineering), Cowi (electrical engineering), TPC (theater technical engineering)

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