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Revealed: Sutherland Hussey's Kongsberg cultural centre vision

The AJ can exclusively reveal Sutherland Hussey’s runner-up scheme in the contest to design a new cultural building and square in in the Norwegian city of Kongsberg

The Edinburgh-based practice was beaten by Dutch stars Mecanoo (winning scheme pictured below), in collaboration with Norway’s Code Arkitektur, to land the 25,000m² Knowledge and Cultural Square scheme in the former mining town 50 miles south of Oslo.

Sutherland Hussey, which had paired with local practice Narud-Stokke-Wiig was shortlisted with six other teams from across northern Europe including Danes BIG and Dissing + Weitling. 

The judges said the Scots’ proposal with its large Cor-ten steel clad landmark building was well-thought out and convincingly illustrated adding that the scheme’s ‘accessibility’ was the best in the competition.

However the jury opted for Mecanoo’s so-called Silver Factory concept which it felt could ‘become a real cultural and educational attraction, both nationally and internationally.’

Sutherland Hussey and Narud-Stokke-Wiig have also bid together for a school scheme in Ayr and are currently awaiting the outcome.

Practice co-founder Charlie Hussey said: ”It was a wonderful experience for us to be working with Narud Stokke Wiig, a practice we have huge admiration for. We look forward to other opportunities.’

WINNER: Mecanoo's Kongsberg competition-winning entry

WINNER: Mecanoo’s Kongsberg competition-winning entry

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