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Krona Knowledge And Cultural Centre in Kongsberg, Norway by Mecanoo architecten

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Article source: Mecanoo architecten


The KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre enhances Kongsberg’s cultural institutions and stimulates interaction between diverse communities and disciplines. Comprised of a variety of functions, KRONA houses new teaching and technical laboratory facilities for Buskerud University College and Tinius Olsen Technical Vocational College, as well as a technical university library. The complex also includes a public library, cinemas, municipal offices and a theatre auditorium. Its functions are organised around a central void with shared functions, enhancing flexibility and reducing programme redundancy. Using subtle landscape elevations and strategically locating programme access points, visitors intuitively gravitate towards the Centre. Throughout the interior spaces, strong visual connections to public functions further enhance the liveliness of the complex.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten

  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten
  • Project: Krona Knowledge And Cultural Centre
  • Location: Kongsberg, Norway
  • Client: Kongsberg Kommune, Bolten Eiendom AS
  • Local architect: Code Arkitektur
  • Structural engineer: Rambøll Norge AS
  • ME engineer: EM Teknikk – Energi AS
  • Fire safety consultant: Rambøll Norge AS
  • Main contractor: Strøm Gundersen AS
  • Area: 24,000 m2
  • Design: 2012 – 2013
  • Realisation: 2013 – 2015


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