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BUILDING
 
 
Hamsunsenteret [Knut Hamsun Center]
Knut Hamsun Center
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DESIGNER
 
 
Steven Holl

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DESCRIPTION
 
Steven Holl Knut Hamsun CentreKnut Hamsun, Norway's most inventive twentieth-century writer, fabricated new forms of expression in his first novel Hunger. He went on to found a truly modern school of fiction with his works Pan, Mysteries, and Growth of the Soil.

Steven Holl Knut Hamsun CentreThis center dedicated to Hamsun is located above the Arctic Circle near the village of Presteid of Hamarøy near the farm where the writer grew up. The 1500-square-meter center includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a café, and an auditorium equipped with the latest film projection equipment. (Hamsun's writings have been particularly inspiring to filmmakers, which is evident in the more than 17 films based on his work.) The building is conceived as an archetypal and intensified compression of spirit in space and light, concretizing a Hamsun character in architectonic terms. The concept for the museum, “Building as a Body: Battleground of Invisible Forces,” is realized from inside and out. Here the wood exterior is punctuated by hidden impulses piercing through the surface: An "empty violin case" balcony has phenomenal sound properties, while a viewing balcony is like the "girl with sleeves rolled up polishing yellow panes." Many other aspects of the building use the vernacular style as inspiration for reinterpretation. The tarred black wood exterior skin is characteristic of the great wooden stave Norse churches. On the roof garden, long grass refers to traditional Norwegian sod roofs in a modern way. The rough white-painted concrete interiors are characterized by diagonal rays of light calculated to ricochet through the section on certain days of the year. These strange, surprising, and phenomenal experiences in space, perspective, and light provide an inspiring frame for exhibitions.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Norway [Norge]
Region
Nord-Norge
County
Nordland
District
Salten
Town
Hamarøy
Address
Hamsunsenteret, 8294 Hamarøy
 
 
Telephone
+47.75.50.35.00
Website
E-mail
post@saltenmuseum.no
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Ethnographic museums
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
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ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1994    
Realisation
2009
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AWARDS
 
2012
Houens Fonds Diplom
2010
AIA New York Chapter Design Awards
Architecture Honor Award
2010
North Norwegian Architecture Prize
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Ingerid Helsing Almaas, "Hamarøy i virkeligheten", Arkitektur N 02/10, mars/march 2010, p. 11
"Hamsunsenteret, Hamarøy. Steven Holl Architects og Ly Arkitekter AS", Arkitektur N 02/10, mars/march 2010, pp. 12-25
"Steven Holl. Knut Hamsun Center, Hamarøy", Casabella 785, gennaio/january 2010, "Musei/Museums" pp. 38-45, 106-107
Nicola Braghieri, "Per i sentieri dove cresce l'erba/On overgrown paths", Casabella 785, gennaio/january 2010, "Musei/Museums" pp. 38-39, 106-107 (38-45, 106-107)
"Knut Hamsun Center, Hamaroy, Norway, 1994-2009", GA Document 110, december 2009, pp. 6-19
Yehuda Emmanuel Safran, "Knut Hamsun Center, Hamaroy, Norway", The Plan 37, ottobre/october 2009, pp. 100-112
"Centro Knut Hamsun, Hamarøy (Noruega) /Knut Hamsun Center, Hamarøy (Norway). Steven Holl", AV Monografías/Monographs 139 [Museos del mundo/Museums of the World], IX-X 2009, "Un viaje en doce etapas/A Journey in Twelve Stages" pp. 94-101
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CLIENT
 
 
Nordland Fylkeskommune
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 27,000 (sq.ft. 2,508)
Capacity
Auditorium 230 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Guy Nordenson and Associates
Rambøll Norge
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Landskapsfabikken
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STAFF
 
Project
Steven Holl Architects
Design architects
Steven Holl
Project architect
Noah Yaffe
Erik Fenstad Langdalen
Associate architect
LY Arkitekter AS
Structural consultant
Guy Nordenson and Associates (design)
Rambøll Norge (construction)
Design team
Francesco Bartolozzi, Ebbie Wisecarver, Gabriela Barman-Kraemer, Yoh Hanaoka, Justin Korhammer, Anna Müller, Audra Tuskes
Mechanical engineer
Ove Arup (design)
Rambøll Norge (construction)
Lighting consultant
L'Observatoire International (design)
Vesa Honkonen Architects (construction)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Iwan Baan
Watercolors © Steven Holl
Drawings © Steven Holl Architects
Text edit by Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy by Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Knut Hamsun Center



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