KKG

KKG

Architect
CEBRA
Location
Norway
Project Year
2010
Category
Universities
Tommy Kosior

KKG

Troldtekt A/S as Manufacturers

This interesting project involved connecting a high school with a technical college, merging two buildings into one where students from both can enjoy shared facilities. It is the result of a limited competition won by Danish architects CEBRA, well-known for their work on educational institutions and many other different projects. For them, it was a great architectural challenge which has resulted in an elegant and simple solution. The two schools were positioned at right-angles and originally functioned independently of each other. In order to link the two, the architects opted for a greater overlap between them. This crossover effect has provided the united building with a new architectural identity and horizontality. The common centre houses a canteen for both schools which also doubles as a venue for large gatherings in the shared auditorium and an upper level library. A particular feature is the extensive scale raked tier seating which encourages social interaction, study and leisure. One of the reasons why the new rooms work equally well for teaching, study or musical performances is the large scale use of Troldtekt acoustic panels in the design. CEBRA has frequently specified the panels in buildings where noise levels need to be controlled, such as in sports halls, kindergartens and shops. Here, the tiles are coloured in several shades of grey and run as parallel bands across the ceilings and complement the dark and light floors. This delicate interplay between the hard, reflective floor surfaces and sound absorbing, finely textured ceilings provides pleasing aesthetics and a great sense or orientation within the rooms. Project architect Mikkel Frost says, ’From concept to reality, it is almost something of a relief to find out if your assumptions about how the building will be used are correct - to hear speeches and enjoy the music or the simple satisfaction of observing students socialising, studying or just happily hanging out on the long staircase!’

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