Kilden’s undulating oak facade pays homage to the seaside town of Kristiansand

Kilden, a theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, brings all the city’s institutions of performing arts together. It is home to the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Agder Theater, a regional group, and the ensemble Opera South.

The architects ALA designed the hall to represent the city’s cultural identity. Rising dramatically next to the sea, Kilden has an undulating main façade that gives the building an understated, yet elegant form.

It consists of a grand hall that can accommodate an audience of 1,200, and a smaller theatre with a seating capacity of 700.

The theatre hall can be converted to accommodate opera performances by Opera South. There are also spaces for experimental theatre and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.

The interior walls are made from locally-sourced oak. Passing through, visitors will find themselves moving from a natural landscape to the realm of performing arts. They are made of wedged CNC milled solid planks, which not only disguises theatrical effect but acts as a concrete tactile artefact, which also improves the acoustics of the foyer. The infinite blackness of the other facades is designed to bring out the spectacle of the foyer.

Images: Iwan Baan