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Metropolitan Workshop wins Bergen centre

London-based Metropolitan Workshop and Arkitektkontoret Vaardal-Lunde have won an invited competition to design a new conference complex in Bergen, Norway

The project, located in the city’s old ship building docks, has been commissioned by GC Rieber and will include an exhibition centre, offices and hotel buildings.

The new hotel is proposed to be placed on a new island surrounded on all sides by water and is arranged around a ‘knot’ configuration.

Metropolitan Workshop director Neil Deely said: ‘The team has proposed a new canal to lie between the two buildings bringing water into the site, which will allow boats to be moored directly alongside the Conference Centre. The contrasting architectures of the two buildings will recall the volumes and shapes of the industrial activities once present on the site.’ 

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