Kristiansand, Norway 2016
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM - FINALIST
Competition proposal for a new Art Museum in southern Norway selected in an open international competition with 101 entries as one of six finalists. The Art Silo Museum and Cultural Quarter explores the transformation of industrial heritage as urban cultural catalyst. The Art Silo is a conversion of an existing grain silo from the 1930s into an art museum holding works from the Tangen collection and the regional Sørlandets Art museum. The museum is part of an urban complex including an art school, commercial facilities as well as an existing theatre.
Our proposal maintains the strong significance of the existing silos and is embraced by a delicate gallery volume projecting outwards and upwards as concave and convex glass façades. The solidity of the silos stand in contrast to the new horizontal gallery spaces and the extended glass silos becomes a beacon for the city and viewing platform for the citizens of Kristiansand. A central orientation space is carved out inside the existing silos offering a large foyer and installation space with direct access to the public facilities on the ground floor inside and outside. The main galleries are located around the silo void as a series of spaces each various in scale and light setting to accommodate a range of different art works.
Collaborators: SLA, Buro Happold, Cultural Projects