TS&JT Architecture & Design

Notodden

Bok og Blueshus, Notodden
Competition, Norway

with Jack Green, Marianne Jørgensen and Nicholas Lobo Brennan

The site for the Notodden Book and Blues House is on the hard, flat sliver of land between the ring road and the fjord and wider landscape. Our project sits happily beside the tall, robust architecture of this space whilst providing generous and elegant public spaces, both internal and external. Across the road the land is greener and the buildings of the suburbs and downtown are smaller. Our project takes its place in the prospect from Main Street to the fjord.

The building provides a music venue, library, culture school, museum and recording studio, a cinema and an auditorium. It also provides a new public space on the edge of the fjord. This space is gently bowled to give it direction and focus and a gentle incline creates natural outdoor auditorium. It is relaxed yet focussed, and the ‘fields’ of steps make for an easy seat in fine weather, like bleachers toward the view.

The project references the expressive modulations of the late Baroque to produce a civic building that is recognisable and culturally as well as physically memorable. The building comprises a tall body connected at the foyer to a long neck. Facades are constructed from a white concrete with a quartz-like glass & stone aggregate which is exposed to sparkle in the light, like a sugar cube which glows like snow at twilight. Two types of openings are employed; decorative openings with a free form give personality to the principal facades, whilst ribbons of glass are used where a direct relationship between the interior and exterior is desired. The openings are articulated by gold frames and mullions, with a curved cruciform plan in common with that of the structural columns within the building.

From the internal and external public spaces the eye may take in the water and jagged mountain horizon in one direction, the rooftops of Notodden in the other. By night the twinkle of lights from the houses across the fjord connects the animation of the Book and Blues House to the wider world.

 

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    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

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    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.

  • Notodden

    Photography © Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP.