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The creation of the Silver Factory is the first step in reviving Kongsberg’s historic West side and consolidating a united city centre that will be characterized by a network of active public spaces and facilities. The proposed Silver Factory creates a dialogue with its historical location by weaving together the local urban fabric, establishing new connections and enhancing the existing public spaces.

The compact complex is conceived as a mine of knowledge and culture with a spectacular interior canyon that brings together the various educational, civic and cultural functions. By overlapping the different programmatic elements on the site an extremely efficient building is created that invites interaction yet also offers the opportunity for privacy and concentration. The building is spatially, programmatically and socially multi-directional and dynamic. It is able to adapt, expand and contract according to the needs of its users, the time of the day or the demands of the future.

It is a public building that will extend far beyond its primary functions and offer Kongsberg a public forum for every occasion, whether it is for a quiet coffee in the morning or an open lecture in the evening. The magic of the building is in the interstitial spaces and interior landscape that will sparkle with the fusion of Kongsberg’s intertwining new silver: knowledge and culture.

The new Knowledge and Cultural Centre is located in the historic town centre in Kongsberg,
housing a variety of functions including a university of technology, public library and cinemas

Code: 434KON
Project: Public building
Client: Bolten Eiendom/ Kongsberg kommune
Programme: Cultural and educational
Location: Kongsberg (NO)
Period: 2013- to be finished august 2015

In collaboration with Mecanoo architects