In the Clouds: An art centre by the Bergen harbour
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By uncovering and collecting essential features of the architecture and city fabric of Bergen, I aimed to discover qualities, which would help me generate a more locally anchored approach to architectural design and use this to design a building for Bergen. In the first phase, I worked with uncovering the main characteristics of the city’s architecture and urban fabric to create a collection of the things that for me constitutes the essential aspects of Bergen. I believe it is important to identify Bergen’s architectural distinctiveness during a period when several large-scale building projects are about to start in and around the city centre. In the second phase I sampled and digested my discoveries via models, texts and sketches, which I developed into an architectural project situated in the Tollboden area next to the harbour in central Bergen. The goal was to design a flexible art centre, open and well integrated within its urban context, linking different kinds of artists with each other, as well as connecting the artists with the people. Bergen has several art galleries and institutions to help facilitate a thriving art scene, but seem to lack a clear centre of gravity linking them all together in one visible and open public building, which is what I have aimed to create through my project.