Kristiansund Operahouse – Norwegian Culture House

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Kristiansund Operahouse, Norway : Building

Norwegian Opera House – design by C. F. Møller Architects

9 Nov 2010

Kristiansund Opera and Culture Centre

C. F. Møller Architects has just won the competition for the new Kristiansund Opera and Culture Centre. This summer, the company was awarded a shared first prize in the competition, now the jury has selected C. F. Møller Architects as final winner.

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Kristiansund Opera and Culture Centre

Kristiansund Opera and Cultural Centre will house Norway’s oldest opera, dating back to 1805, which every year arranges the Opera Festival Weeks – Norway’s largest and most comprehensive presentation of opera and musical theatre and one of Scandinavia’s largest opera festivals.

The vision of the new Opera House is to create a cultural power centre in Kristiansund, the capital of the region of Nordmøre, west of Trondheim – a landmark to the entire region.

Apart from the opera the new cultural centre will house a ballet centre, library, college centre, conference rooms, a restaurant, a café, and a skybar. The task has been to integrate two existing buildings, one of them the former Folkets Hus, in the new and create a vibrant urban space around the building by connecting the cultural centre with the pedestrian streets, squares and a nearby park.

Kulturkvartalet, as the project made by C. F. Møller Architects is called, unites the different cultural functions in a dynamic and creative environment, centred round the main concert hall. The concert hall has been designed to offer sublime acoustics and super flexible theatre settings.

The Kristiansund Opera is one of several significant cultural buildings designed by C. F. Møller Architects in recent years. These include the Darwin Centre in London, the cocoon shaped extension of the Natural History Museum in London, which contains both Darwin’s unique collection and a world-leading science research centre research facilities. C. F. Møller Architects has also been responsible for extension of the Concert Hall Aarhus, which has been doubled in size with a new Symphonic Hall with sublime acoustics and facilities for the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music. Furthermore the company has won first prize in the competition for the new Odense Music and Theatre Hall, a cultural centre with four halls and facilities for the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music.

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pictures : C. F. Møller Architects

Kristiansund Opera House – Building Information

Client: Kristiansund Kommune and FG Eiendom
Architect: C. F. Møller Architects
Address: The centre of Kristiansund
Size: 15,400 sqm
Year of competition: 2010
Year of construction: – 2014

Kristiansund Opera House, Norway images / information from C. F. Møller Architects

C. F. Møller Architects

Kristiansund Opera House design by other architects for reference:

Opera and Culture House Kristiansund

Design : Brisac Gonzalez (UK) / Space Group (Norway)

Description The New Opera and culture house amalgamates opera, library, school, cultural facilities, and youth center. The complex represents culture in its most pervasive and innovative form. To create spaces for the unexpected, spaces to inspire us, spaces where the collective and individual can coexist, to inspire experimentation, invention, heterogeneity and freedom is to liberate culture.

Opera and Culture House Kristiansund
pictures : luxigon

Kristiansund Operahouse Norway images / information from Brisac Gonzalez Architects


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Norwegian Architects

Concert Hall Buildings

Norwegian Architecture – Selection

Crystal Clear, Oslo
C. F. Møller Architects / Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter
Crystal Clear Oslo
image : C. F. Møller Architects / MIR

Crystal Clear Norway

Juvet Landscape Hotel, Gudbrandsjuvet
Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Juvet Landscape Hotel
image : Jensen & Skodvin Architects

Juvet Landscape Hotel

Knut Hamsun Center
Steven Holl Architects
Knut Hamsun building
picture from SHA

Knut Hamsun building

Oslo architects : Snøhetta

Norwegian building : Knut Hamsun Center by Steven Holl Architects

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