The new concert hall plays a fundamental role in the long-term strategy to position Stavanger as an economic and cultural node in northern Europe.
In the inter-regional rivalry to attract well-educated and highly qualified manpower, the Bilbao effect has become a new weapon in the arms race for global media attention. The demands on regional capitals to become catalysts of growth and development are increasing.
Rather than considering the new concert house as an isolated architectural object along the approach to Stavanger’s harbour front, we have chosen to mobilize the architecture in order to intensify the relationship between the concert house and the city around it. Therefore, the design calls for the concert house to be developed as an extension and enhancement of the movements and activities that already flow through the site. It will also act as a music park extending out to the water and service other numerous public gathering functions. The exterior facade design transitions from horizontal surface to vertical surface through a system of “steps” which serve multiple functions. The main exterior surface of the concert hall becomes an organizer of space and interactive surface for meeting, gathering, and playing.
|Project||Auditorium, Concert Hall||Budget||94.800.000 EUR||Type||Open Competition|
|Size||22.000 m2||Client||Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, City of Stavanger, SSK||Status||Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award 2004, Honourable Mention, Settled 2003|
|Location||Stavanger, Norway||Team||PLOT, JDS, BIG, Moe, Jordan Acoustics, Freddy Madsen, Klaus Wolter, Bengt Sangberg|
|Creative Authorship||Julien De Smedt||Project Leader||Thomas Christoffersen||Project Team|