Steven Holl Architects’ Knut Hamsun Center Wins 2011 Norwegian Byggeskikk Prize

Steven Holl Architects has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Byggeskikk Prize for the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, Norway.

The Knut Hamsun Center, a collaboration with Oslo-based LY Arkitekter, was selected from over 90 submitted buildings and 7 nominees. The prize, which is granted by the Norwegian government for outstanding architecture, was presented by Local Government and Regional Development Minister Liv Signe Navarsete at the Norwegian Design and Architecture Center in Oslo.

“The Hamsun Center is a piece of original architecture that is deeply moving on many levels and meets all of its functions in exceptionally exciting and unique ways,” said the Jury. “It both provokes and delights through its strong, clear and non-traditional form, and it finds its natural place in the dramatic skyline of the northern landscape.”