Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
St. Hans “Haugen” Performance Center in Oslo, Norway by ctrl+n Architect
July 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ctrl+n
Norway is well known for its long summer days, the almost euphoric festival atmosphere in its city parks, with barbeques burning day and night to the sound of live music floating through the trees on a summers breeze. we suddenly fall from our winter slumber into our shorts and t-shirts and into our parks, where we celebrate the beautiful but all too short norwegian summer. however, we are here to pose two questions. firstly, how can we maintain such use throughout the rest of the year? secondly, how can we offer some much needed rehersal and performance space back to the city?
if you were one of the very few to venture out into our parks this winter you will have cerainly enjoyed some solitude, but our ambition is to maintain the park as a community space all year round. this proposal, set in the heart of st. hans haugen will act as a positive addition to the exisitng context, it will not fight with or compete with the exising stage or the surrounding nature. the concept of the opening box creates both internal and external spaces which allows for multi climatic usage, enclosing us in the winter and creating a much needed barrier to the elements. in the summer the box opens up to reveal itself as a larger stage sitting alongside the surrounding nature as the box transforms from a solid element into a ceiling in the sky.
the proposal will accomodate for known and upcoming musicians to rehearse and to perform. it will host theatre / dance productions and art exhibitions. it will also double as a usable space for local schools and kindergardens. in addition to this, the lower level of the project will house a restaurant and bar combined with an art gallery and a smaller performance space. this proposal will engage and envoke thus taking us back to our parks all year round.
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Category: Performing Arts Center