October 28, 2009

steven holl: knut hamsun center

steven holl architects
knut hamsun center
hamarøy, norway 1994 - aug 4, 2009

photo © ernst furuhatt - salten museum

photo © iwan baan (detail)

photo © iwan baan

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PROGRAM: historical museum for writer Knut Hamsun including exhibition areas, library, reading room, cafe and 230 seat auditorium
CLIENT: Nordland Fylkeskommune (County)
SIZE: 24445 sf
STATUS: completed

This center dedicated to Hamsun is located above the Arctic Circle near the village of Presteid of Hamarøy and the farm where the writer grew up. The museum includes exhibition areas, a library and reading room, a cafe and an auditorium. The concept for the museum is "building as a body," creating a battleground of invisible forces. The stained black wood exterior skin is characteristic of the great wooden stave Norse churches. The spine of the building body is the central elevator, providing handicapped and freight access to all parts of the building. At the roof garden the long grass reflects the traditional Norwegian sod roofs in a different way. Strange, surprising and phenomenal experiences in space perspective and light will provide an inspiring frame for the exhibitions.

more modern architecture at minimal exposition