Plassen (Molde Cultural Centre) by 3XN

Exterior granite surfaces give the building a monochromatic expression.

MOLDE – ‘There must be room for celebration in this building – inside, on top of it and around it,’ says architect Jan Ammundsen of 3XN about the new cultural centre in Molde, Norway. The firm was commissioned to realize the structure in the middle of the town, overlooking a scenic fjord and mountains.

The structure is a gathering space for concerts, festivals, theatre shows and Molde’s famed annual jazz festival. While the town has just 25,000 inhabitants, every July about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts arrive for the event.

Thus, the cultural centre needed to function with both small and large amounts of guests. Almost all surfaces and spaces have more than one function. The roof hold three outdoor amphitheatres, a café and outdoor seating, plus recreational area.

Plassen is a compact and chaste construction, but by giving the shape a number of breaches we created a diversity in its expression, which means that it is flexible and roomy without seeming very big,’ Ammundsen says.

Photos courtesy of Adam Mørk

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