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: 24,445 sq ft
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.
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AWARDS

  • 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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