With the Grain HUM­BLE RE­SPECT

Identity - - ECO - TEXT: STEVE HILL

An historic grain silo in the Nor­we­gian city of Kris­tiansand is to be­come home to a new art mu­seum and cul­tural quar­ter, a smart re­cy­cling bin pow­ered by so­lar en­ergy is be­ing de­vised while Nis­san and Stu­dio Hardie have teamed up on an all-elec­tric mo­bile of­fice.

Nor­way is to be­come home to a new art mu­seum and cul­tural quar­ter based in and around an historic grain silo.

Barcelona-based Mestres Wage Arqui­tectes and MX_SI Ar­chi­tec­tural Stu­dio teamed up to beat off com­pe­ti­tion from 100 ri­vals to win a con­test run by the city of Kris­tiansand.

The 1935 grain silo is re­garded as one of the finest ex­am­ples of func­tion­al­ism in Nor­way and won the coun­try’s most im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural award.

It has now been reimag­ined as a new home for the Tan­gen Col­lec­tion of Nor­we­gian modernist art.

The com­pe­ti­tion jury stated: “The project demon­strates a crys­tal-clear com­bi­na­tion of ar­chi­tec­tural self-as­sur­ance and hum­ble re­spect for the silo build­ing and its newly as­signed task.

“The project bal­ances el­e­gantly be­tween, on the one hand, to­tal loy­alty to the silo build­ing’s qual­i­ties, and on the other, an imag­i­na­tive at­ti­tude to the in­her­ently sculp­tural and spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences it af­fords.

“With a few un­com­pro­mis­ing cuts into the silo’s in­te­rior, a sub­dued yet mon­u­men­tal vol­ume with con­trolled top-light­ing opens up and gives the whole mu­seum a strong and unique char­ac­ter.”

Project plan­ning will be­gin this year with the new mu­seum due to open in 2020.

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