Kengo Kuma, Henning Larsen, Zaha Hadid and more vie for Norwegian music hall

Bergen, Norway (Scanrail/Dreamstime)
Five architecture teams have been selected from 32 entries to reach the final stage of a competition to design a music theatre in Bergen, southwest Norway.

Located in Grieg Hall, the “Griegkvartalet”, or Grieg Quarter will be designed by one of five teams:

  • Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with Rambøll Norge as consultants;
  • Norway’s Mad Arkitekter along with Kengo Kuma, Vogt Landscape, Buro Happold and Node consulting engineers;
  • Nordic Office of Architecture, with Arkkitehtitoimisto ALA and Norconsult as consultants;
  • Snøhetta Oslo, with 3RW architects, plus Cowi as consultants; and
  • Zaha Hadid Architects, A-lab and Sweco Architecture.

The new music hall will contain space suited for opera, musical theatre, ballet, dance, concerts, and conferences.

Olav Munch, Grieghallen’s managing director, said: “The development of Griegkvartalet is also driven by the need for increased capacity in Grieghallen. Many wish to utilise the arena for their events, but the availability is simply insufficient. This is especially true for large-scale productions like musicals. The music theatre’s expansion will address this issue.”

The competition is due to be decided in March 2024.

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