Kilden, a theatre and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city's institutions of performing arts. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall
accommodating 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, is performing in a theater with a capacity of 700. The theater hall can be transformed to accommodate opera performances to house the ensemble Opera South. In addition, there is a stage for
experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.
Kilden produces experiences. The core of its architecture is the way the concert, theater and multi-purpose halls are serviced efficiently and without interference. The monumental abstract form of the wall of local oak, separates reality from fantasy. Passing through, the audience will move from natural landscape to the realm of performing arts. The wall allures the audience and expresses the diversity of artistic performances housed by the building as well as the power induced by their combination.
The 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 facades emphasizes the spectacle of the foyer.
Competition 1st prize
Program: 24.600m2: Concert hall with 1200 seats, Theatre-/Opera hall with 750 seats, multipurpose hall and small theatre hall, offices, workshops, rehearsal spaces, car park for 400 cars.
TEAM: ALA Architects in collaboration with SMS Arkitekter.
ALA: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Niklas Mahlberg (project architect at construction phase), Pekka Sivula, Pauliina Rossi, Julia Hertell, Pauliina Skyttä, Sami Mikonheimo, Jani Koivula, Auvo Lindroos, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Erling Sommerfeldt, Tomi Henttinen, Harri Ahokas, Anniina Koskela.
SMS: Erik Sandsmark, Wenche Aabel, Jan Tørres B. Grønningsæter, Eirin Zachariassen, Hanne Alnes. Ext: Birger Grönholm (comp.phase theatre expertise), Julle Oksanen (lighting concept) & Klaus Stolt (scale models).