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Pawson arts plan pipped at post

Terry Pawson Architects has narrowly missed out on winning a major design competition with this scheme for a new performing-arts centre in Kristiansand, Norway.

Pipped to the post by ALA Architects from Finland, the London-based firm was the only British practice to be named among the prize-winners.

The contest to design the new theatre, opera and concert hall, which is set to overlook the city's spectacular harbour, attracted more than 90 entries.

Arranged along the water's edge, the 'three-box' structure proposed by Pawson would have given the public areas views over the harbour while the back of house accommodation was to face inland towards the access road.

Each box was intended to have a simple shoebox geometry to allow later development of the interiors and the main performance spaces. There were also proposals for a series of cascading balconies, links, bars and other 'active' functions.

The building was to be split over two levels - an upper foyer, providing main entrances to both the theatre and studio theatre, and the lower foyer level with access to the restaurant terrace and main concert hall.

Last Monday (7 February), Terry Pawson Architects was awarded a runner-up prize of around £8,000 by the judges.

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