World Architecture Day 2014

THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014

SEARCH   
 
 
World Architecture Day 2014
 
World Architecture Day 2014
Previous Next
 
Plassen, Molde, Norway 
Wednesday 03 Oct 2012
 
'A compact and chaste construction' 
 
All images: Adam Mork 
 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
 

3XN provides crystalline cultural centre for city of Molde's annual influx of jazz-lovers 


The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town's world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city's new cultural centre, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.

"There must be room for celebration in this building, both inside, on top of it and around it. And it must be able to withstand being invaded by happy people throughout the year - year after year”, says Head of Competition and Partner of 3XN, Jan Ammundsen about the Danish architectural practice’s most recently completed project, ‘Plassen’.

Located in the city center and overlooking both the fjord and the mountains, the ‘Plassen’ cultural centre is an obvious meeting point. With an optimal use of every square meter, 3XN has created a building that can function both when a hundred and 100,000 people gather for concerts, festivals or theatre.

The architectural solution is a structure where almost all surfaces and spaces have more than one function. Together with the building’s roof, an existing staircase next to the building constitute a total of three outdoor amphitheatres that collectively accommodate several thousand spectators. During the day the roof offers a café with outdoor seating, a recreational area with splendid views and exhibition space for the building's gallery; while the staircase on the side of the building is an essential link between the city's upper and lower districts.

"Plassen is a compact and chaste construction, but by giving the shape a number of breaches, we have created a diversity in its expression, which means that it is flexible and roomy, without seeming very big," explains Jan Ammundsen, who has emphasized that the building of nearly 6000 m2 and three floors should adapt to the relatively small properties located around it.

The same bright granite is used on all exterior surfaces and gives the building a bright monochrome expression that in the evening is contrasted by a warm red light coming from the heart of the building - the concert hall - around which other features, such as a library, café, exhibition space and performance areas are distributed. The warm colour scheme of the interior combined with the solid hardwood floors and plenty of natural light result in a friendly and informal environment, which together with the many entrances make the building seem inviting and accessible to all.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
3XN architects
www.3xn.dk

More projects by this architect

IMAX Theatre, Retail and Creative Offices Complex

UN City

The Blue Planet

Stockholm City Station

Copenhagen Arena

Rigshospitalet

The Arch

Uppsala University

KPMG Headquarters

Museum of Liverpool

Bella Sky Hotel

National Concert Hall Dublin

Swedbank's New International Headquarters

Bella Sky Hotel

Middelfart Savings Bank

Frederiksberg Courthouse

Saxo Bank

Randers Museum of Art

Ørestad College

CPH Arch, LM Project

Bella Hotel

The Blue Planet/Whirlpool

New City Hall

Nordhavnen Residences

“Cube”

"Buen" (The arch)

Alsion

Ørestad College

 
ECOWAN