C.F. Møller Architects just won a shared first prize in the competition for the new Opera and Culture Center in Norway, entitled Kulturkvartalet. This new Opera Center will house the country’s oldest opera in Kristiansund, the capital of the region of Nordmøre. The site proposes an interesting challenge as the new design must integrate two existing buildings with the proposed new urban center, and the most critical component becomes the shared urban space between the old and the new which will ultimately connect the Opera and Culture Center with pedestrian streets and a nearby park.
The proposal “…unites the different cultural functions in a dynamic and creative environment, centered round the main concert hall. The concert hall has been designed to offer sublime acoustics and super flexible theatre settings,” explained the architects.
Apart from the main music facilities, the project includes a ballet center, library, college center, a restaurant, and a cafe. The differing activities will become a vital component in enhancing the cultural scene of Kristiansund by attracting and appealing to different people in the area.
Architect: C.F. Moller
Size: 15400 m2
Competition Year: 2010