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KNUT HAMSUN CENTER
Hamarøy, Norway, 1994-Aug 4, 2009

PROGRAM: historical museum for writer Knut Hamsun including exhibition areas, library, reading room, cafe and 230 seat auditorium
CLIENT: Nordland Fylkeskommune (County)
SIZE: 24445 sf
STATUS: completed

This center dedicated to Hamsun is located above the Arctic Circle near village of Presteid of Hamarøy and the farm where the writer grew up. The museum includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a cafe and an auditorium. The concept for the museum is "building as a body," creating a battleground of invisible forces. The stained black wood exterior skin is characteristic of the great wooden stave Norse churches. The spine of the building body is the central elevator, providing handicapped and freight access to all parts of the building. At the roof garden the long grass reflects the traditional Norwegian sod roofs in a different way. Strange, surprising and phenomenal experiences in space perspective and light will provide an inspiring frame for the exhibitions.
AWARDS

Progressive Architecture Awards, USA, 1997
AIA NY ARCHITECTURE HONOR AWARD, USA, 2010
NORTH NORWEGIAN ARCHITECTURE PRIZE, Norway, 2010
INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AWARD, USA/Ireland, 2010
HOUENS FOND DIPLOM, Norway, 2012
CREDITS

architect
– Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect)
Noah Yaffe (associate in charge - construction documents)
Peter Englaender, Chris McVoy (project team)
Francesco Bartolozzi, Ebbie Wisecarver (project team - construction documents)
Erik Fenstad Langdalen (project architect - design development)
Gabriela Barman-Kraemer, Yoh Hanaoka, Justin Korhammer, Anna Müller, Audra Tuskes (project team - design development)

associate architects (construction documents)
– LY Arkitekter AS

structural engineer (design development)
– Guy Nordenson and Associates

structural engineer (construction documents)
– Rambøll Norge

mechanical engineer (design development)
– Ove Arup

mechanical engineer (construction documents)
– Rambøll Norge

electrical engineer (construction documents)
– Rambøll Norge

lighting consultant (design development)
– L'Observatoire International

lighting consultant (construction documents)
– Vesa Honkonen Architects
Vesa Honkonen

landscape architect (construction documents)
– Landskapsfabikken
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