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Kongsberg kunnskaps- og kulturpark
Knowledge and Cultural Square
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DESIGNER
 
 
Mecanoo | Code
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DESCRIPTION
 
Mecanoo Code Kongsberg Knowledge Cultural SquareOn October 22nd, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo, together with Oslo based Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, have won the design competition for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the centre of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of Oslo. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m2, and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses.

Mecanoo Code Kongsberg Knowledge Cultural SquareThe creation of the Knowledge and Cultural Square is the first step in reviving Kongsberg’s historic west side and consolidating a disparate city centre with active public spaces and facilities. Mecanoo’s ‘Silver Factory’ concept envisions a modern factory of culture, knowledge and public life that will create a new heart for the city. Chairman of the jury Erik Løfsnes: “The Silver Factory has solved a complex building program with a shape that can be a great asset for Kongsberg. This is a project that can become a real cultural and educational attraction, both nationally and internationally.”

Mecanoo Code Kongsberg Knowledge Cultural SquareWith a dark, rugged exterior that opens up to a warm and luminous interior the Silver Factory brings together a variety of educational and cultural functions in an impressive learning arena that frames views of the unique Kongsberg surroundings. Erik Løfsnes: “The superior concept is the large internal space. The project, with its spectacular interior has a great potential for shared use of common features and a compelling opportunity for a rewarding environment for learning, innovation and culture.” The different functions are stacked and overlapped to offer both maximum efficiency and flexibility and at the same time create an open public forum that will sparkle with the synergy and fusion of Kongsberg's intertwining new silver: knowledge and culture.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Norway [Norge]
Region
Østlandet
County
Buskerud
Town
Kongsberg
Address
Hasbergs vej , Rv40 Bergmannsveien, Kirkegata
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Cultural centres and community centres
Education buildings
Schools
Libraries, archives and documentation centres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2012    
Realisation
2016
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CLIENT
 
 
Kongsberg Kommune
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 24,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Buro Happold
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CREDITS
 
 
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Text edited by Mecanoo architecten
Courtesy by Mecanoo architecten

Mecanoo Code Kongsberg Knowledge Cultural Square



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