Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Kristiansand, Norway
exterior view
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
exterior view
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
foyer
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
concert hall
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
theater and opera hall
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
multi-purpose hall
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
small theater hall
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
rehearsal hall
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
foyer wall detail
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
facade detail
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
Architects
ALA Architects
Address
Sjølystveien 2, 4610 Kristiansand, Norway
Year
2011
Cost
100M - 1Bn
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client
Teater- og konserthus for Sørlandet IKS
local architect partner
SMS Arkitekter

Kilden, a theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, southern Norway, has brought together all the Sørlandet region’s performing arts institutions under one roof. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra has a concert hall accommodating 1,200 attendees. The regional Kilden Theater is performing in a theater with a capacity of 700, that can be transformed to accommodate opera performances by the local ensemble Kilden Opera. In addition, there is a stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.

Kilden produces experiences. The way the concert, theater and multi-purpose halls are serviced efficiently and without interference forms the core of its architecture. The monumental abstract form of the foyer wall made of local oak separates reality from fantasy. Passing through, the audience will move from natural landscape to the realm of performing arts. This wall made of wedged CNC milled solid planks is not only a disguised theatrical effect but a concrete tactile artifact, which also improves the acoustics of the foyer. The infinite blackness of the other three facades emphasizes the spectacle of the foyer.

The expansion of the venue containing more rehearsal space was completed in late 2014.

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