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Granite Facades with the Rhythm of Swing Part 1

Updated:2013-02-19 14:52:02
Perhaps a huge light gray granite cube once lay on the banks of Fannefjord in Norway, when trolls descended from the woods equipped with all sorts of tools and sawed away chunks of the stone block, honed parts of the surface, etched deep grooves into the siding and scratched jagged lines into the flanks.

That’s the impression a beholder might have when contemplating Molde’s new cultural center. What did Danish architects 3XN do to bring forth the analogy to a paper silhouette cutout?

The solution is in the building’s location. Molde is a city of some 25,000 inhabitants but in the month of July, when the jazz festival begins, the city swells to some 100,000 culture-fans. A literature festival also takes place in Molde.

The cultural center thus had to be an auditorium for musical events but is required to double as a useful cultural complex for the rest of the year, i.e. a public library.

Architects designed a building that grows beyond itself: the steps leading to the roof-top terrace which run up the outside of the building are made of the same (Chinese) granite as the fa?ade of the cultural center. At any activity at the foot of the steps they double as seating in a kind of amphitheater.

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