Thursday, March 31, 2011

cultural centre, concert hall and hotel | Volda InnOvata, Norway | Metropolitan Workshop

Metropolitan Workshop together with L2 Architects and Arup was awarded 2nd prize in this competition for a 12.000 sqm new cultural centre, concert hall and hotel.

Our proposal takes its starting point in the beautiful cultural landscape surrounding the site, and the stunning mountain scenery of western Norway. The team wanted to integrate this with a fascination with sound and music as architectural components.

The building was conceived as a rock outcrop in the landscape.

The composer John Cage once got stuck in a lift, “a perfect opportunity to hear a piece of music” he called it, as a humming, rumbling sound could be heard from the interior of the building. Architecture and buildings have an audible frequency, we imagine a building that can be played like an instrument.
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