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Keith Williams Architects shortlisted for Norway cultural centre comp

Keith Williams Architects has been named as the only British practice on a four-strong shortlist in the competition to design a new cultural centre in Norway.

The practice has been pitted against three locally-based firms in the contest to mastermind the construction of the new Kultursenter in Flekkefjord, an historic town on the south-west coast of Norway.

The 4,200m2 project is to include a library, a 450-seat performing arts space, a visual arts gallery, educational spaces and a public forum, and is intended to be the new 'focal point of cultural life in this part of the country.'

The other competitors are Stein Halvorsen AS from Oslo; Stavanger-based Helen & Hard Architects with Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor AS; and Kristiansen & Selmer-Olsen with SMS Arkitekter AS and ALA Architects.

Williams, whose Unicorn Theatre in south-east London opened to great acclaim last year, has hit a rich vein of form in recent months, having already landed the RIBA-organised Chichester museum competition early this year ( Williams sees off star-studded opposition in Chichester museum comp ).

All four competitors now have two months to complete their design proposals. A winner is expected to be announced in May.

by Richard Waite

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