Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Knut Hamsun Center | Norway | Steven Holl
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Studio: Steven Holl Architects
Noah Yaffe (associate in charge - construction documents)
I Wisecarver (project team - construction documents)
Erik Fenstad Langdalen (project architect - design development)
Audra Tuskes (project team - design development)
Project Type: Multi-function Cultural Center,Museums ,Libraries
Client: Nordland Fylkeskommune (County)
completion: 2008 | 2009
The building will rise around Presteid - Joint Hamarøy - in that once welcomed the estate which housed long Hamsun. The new center will host exhibition areas, a library, reading room, a café and an auditorium.
The structure is designed as a "compression of the spirit in archetypal space and light."
"Building as a body ground battle invisible forces" the principle that inspired the design of the museum.
A rooftop garden composed of long strings of grass intends to evoke the traditional Norwegian roofs covered with turf, however, revised in a modern way. While the facade in dark wood reminds the big horizontal slats of wood typical of Norwegian churches.
The rough concrete interior walls are white with diagonal ray of light whose projection changes during the different periods of the year.
The Knut Hamsun Center won in 1996 the Progressive Archietcture Award. The model of the project was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art.