Bærum Cultural Center

Sandvika, Norway
Photo © Damian Heinisch
Architects
Snøhetta
Location
Sandvika, Norway
Year
2003

The Bærum Cultural Center is built in an exciting town centre site next to A. Haukelands Plaza. The building forms the focal point of an important cultural axis running through the town centre of Sandvika, a town outside of Oslo.

The building plaza connects the old town hall, the bridge crossing the river, the new city hall with municipality offices, and the neighboring cinema complex. The Cultural Center is formed around a 600-seat theater hall, equipped with all necessary back stage facilities, two rehearsal rooms and a large public foyer.

The upper foyer reaches out towards the streetscape and reuses A. Haukelands Plaza as part of the cultural stage. Since the site was too small to fit the building, it was important to create an inviting and functional foyer as a connection between the indoor and outdoor plaza spaces. The building’s cantilever makes the entrance plaza a semi-outdoor area. The indoor foyer has a floor made of white terrazzo with embedded glass pieces that stretches out as a “white” concrete carpet in the plaza.

The glass façade along the long facades has an integrated light design program with full RGB colour renderings.

Client
Bærum Municipality

Size
4,500 m2

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