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DRDH’s Norwegian library and concert hall opens

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DRDH Architects’ competition-winning £126million concert hall and library in Bodø, Norway have been officially opened

The London studio won the international contest to design the 6,300m² city library and 11,200m² three-auditorium music hall in 2009.

Both buildings, known together as the Stormen [the Tempest], are clad in pre-cast concrete using locally-sourced white stone.

The concert hall consists of three venues, including a 944-seat main auditorium, a second 260-seat auditorium and a music venue with a capacity for 460 people. The neighbouring, three-level library includes a flexible performance space, gallery, multifunction room and cafe.

The new Cultural Quarter is part of a wider urban masterplan with the new performance centre and library at its heart. The site is located across two city blocks on the harbour front.

Located within the Arctic Circle, the coastal city of Bodø is the second largest in northern Norway with a population of 47,000.

In its first weekend more than 10,000 people visited the library. The concert hall was opened by The Crown Prince of Norway on Saturday night (15 November).

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