Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment

Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment

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Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Kyrre Sundal

Text description provided by the architects. Rakkestad Culture School is a building in solid wood over 2 floors with a gross area of 774 m2. The cultural school adapts to existing buildings on the square in height and shape and relates to the axis from the road leading down to the main street. Together, the new and existing buildings form a unifying cultural square. The project is made entirely of wood and wood-based materials from inside to outside. CLT load-bearing walls, slabs, and roof are insulated with wood fiber and clad using 100% Ore-pine (heartwood of pine). By utilizing wood-based materials in all of its components the exterior wall construction allows for a dynamic and breathing facade without the use of plastics or other inorganic materials.

Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Kyrre Sundal

The new Culture School has an open and inviting glass facade towards the square, where the entrance area and the main activity room are located. The facade consists of a profiled wooden cladding, divided into a pattern with a rhythm that follows the building's other structuring principles. Windows and glass elements follow the same rhythms. The building supplements the existing culture house with special rooms for use in the Culture School's teaching of music, dance, and arts.

Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Windows, Chair
© Kyrre Sundal
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Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Windows
© Kyrre Sundal
Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Interior Photography, Dining room, Windows, Table, Chair
© Kyrre Sundal

The program and plans are organized such that the acoustic rooms form a "ridge" along the north and east side of the building, the more open and flexible areas facing the square in the south and west. Service functions are gathered in a central core. The core acts as a room divider that allows movement to and from the rehearsal cells in a corridor without disturbing the adjacent rooms where there might be an art class or ballet lesson. The ground floor contains special rooms for music, a common family room, a workroom for dance & theater, and ensemble rooms. These have a floor height of 4.8 m, while the rest of the height in the rest of the building is approx. 3m. The first floor is somewhat smaller than the ground floor and consists mainly of rehearsal cells and rooms for visual art.

Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Interior Photography, Lighting, Chair, Column
© Kyrre Sundal
Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Windows, Chair
© Kyrre Sundal

Rakkestad is a dedicated wooden municipality, and the new Cultural School, built on the most central site in the center of Rakkestad, appears as a magnificent wooden building with a high focus on detailing both in the façade and interior. A fully integrated ventilation system hidden behind the ceiling and walls allows air to circulate through timber slats without any visible appliance or grilles. A carefully chosen material palette includes visible CLT surfaces and pine timber slats in walls and ceilings. Color accents in the main rooms with green terrazzo flooring and warm red acoustic textile curtains. The building's form and technical solutions made it possible to achieve a cost-effective construction while retaining high quality in detail.

Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Kyrre Sundal

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Address:Rådhusveien 8, 1890 Rakkestad, Norway

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Cite: "Rakkestad Culture School / Oslotre + Fragment" 30 Jan 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/975958/rakkestad-culture-school-oslotre-plus-fragment> ISSN 0719-8884

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