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Kristiansand art gallery contest launched

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The National Association of Norwegian Architects has announced an open design competition for a 6,815m² art gallery and a surrounding arts quarter in Kristiansand

The project will transform a historic 1934 grain silo – located within the city’s waterfront Odderøya district which is tipped for major regeneration – into a new museum.

Nearby landmarks include the Kilden Performing Arts Centre designed by Finnish firm ALA Architects which won a contest for the new concert hall in 2015.

Participants in the latest open contest will submit concepts for all or part of the grain silo along with a masterplan for its surrounding area.

Between three and five teams will then be invited to develop their ideas further during the competition’s second stage.

The project comes two years after London’s Heatherwick Studio announced plans to convert a disused grain silo into a new venue for the V&A Waterfront museum in Cape Town.

The new Odderøya facility will house an art collection of 1,100 works – worth around £12 million – donated to the city by the businessman Nicolai Tangen who was born locally but now lives in London.

A £100,000 prize fund will be shared between winners of the open first round and contestants chosen for the second stage will receive approximately £16,500 each.

The competition languages are Danish, Swedish and Norwegian and the deadline for entries is 3pm local time on 12 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Per Rygh
The National Association of Norwegian Architects
844 146 302
Josefinesgate 34
0351 Oslo

Tel: +47 44217455
Email: per@arkitektur.no

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