Various Architects participated in the Kunstilo competition in Kristiansand in the south of Norway.

“Nicolai Tangen has offered Kristiansand an art collection comprising 1,100 Norwegian works, which he has collected over a period of 20 years. The 1,100 works constitute what experts have called the most important collection of Norwegian art from the 1930s to the 1970s.”

Our proposal had the following intentions:

– Take back the existing silo to its original condition (1935).

– Making the silo completely public.

– The addition of a new building (art museum) that humbly encircles the silo.

– A horizontal new building allows for future vertical expansion.

– Make the roof of the Art Museum accessible and extends it to the green axis in Odderøya.

– The cultural island becomes clear and interesting from several possible admissions.

The main attraction of the art museum is located on the west side towards the sea, and leads directly into the open, public part of the building. Then you are free to move on to the exhibition, or stay in the public section. From the main street of the car park on the east side, you are welcomed to the museum through an open passage, through the open atrium (art garden) and into the building.

The roof garden at the museum is adapted for multiple activities. With seating areas, viewing point and activity areas along a universally designed walkway. It is a prerequisite that the surrounding theater and cultural institutions should be able to use the roof for learning, exhibitions, and more.

The contact to the free area on Odderøya is an important visual and natural context – the green lushness is pulled up on the school roof and “blows” further across the roof of the museum. From the pier in front of the museum you will be able to experience this lushness and be inspired to explore the roof garden.

Exhibition Concept

The Nicolai Tangen collection is co-located with Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in the new building that encircles the restored silo. The two collections get their own wings, which are flexible and can easily vary in size as desired and meet future exhibition requirements.

The art galleries in the silo will be reserved for less famous and willingly local artists. Here, there is room for art in many forms of expression with fast shifts in the exhibitions. The roof terrace is located in front of the restaurant and library, and can easily be transformed into an art garden and adapted to different types of cultural events.

Art school

On the East of the art museum is the cultural school. This is an interdisciplinary institution containing educational venues with scenes for music, dance and visual arts. This is a cultural dynamo, which is the city’s natural meeting point between locals and performers. The ceilings of the Cultural School will act as a green park that extends to the roof of the art building via a bridge. The art school will thus be a link between the cultural and green axis of the art museum.

Type:Culture Planning
Location:Kristiansand, Norway
Team: Alexander H. Berg, Ibrahim Elhayawan, Isabell Adamofski, Kjetil Riegel, Noemi Fuentes, Pauline Rossel
Partners: Mona Kramer Wendelborg, Jesús Ocampo, Stephen Melville

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