Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design new cultural centre in Sweden

27 January 2013 (Last Updated January 27th, 2013 18:30)

Schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a 5,000m² cultural centre in the Karlshamn Municipality in Sweden.

Karlshamn cultural centre in Sweden

Schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a 5,000m² cultural centre in for Karlshamn Municipality in Sweden.

Located between the industrial harbour and the local folk high school on Ostra Piren, the building will feature a library, an exhibition area, a cinema, a tourist office and a cafe.

The building will consolidate the cultural centres under one roof, becoming the city’s new meeting place.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects said the facade and roof are designed to meet the scale and sight lines of the surroundings.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects associate partner Trine Berthold said the company has created a meeting place that will be a visual focal point that links the city to the landscape and the water.

"The meeting place is defined by a sculptural, folded roof made of wood that gathers activities and visitors in the building under one roof – which is both the motto and the main concept of our design," Berthold said.

Main access to the cultural centre and library will be from the square at Ostra Piren and the building will feature a large glass facade for visual contact between the inside and surroundings.

The building will feature information square and an atrium in the centre which will allow visitors to have an overview of the whole cultural centre.

The facade of the building will be covered with wooden lamellas to minimise solar gain into the structure.

Schmidt hammer said the building will be designed to offer warm light during winter and in the summer a long bench, stretching the length of the facade, will allow passers-by to sit down or engage in activities around the cultural centre.

SLA is serving as the landscape architect for the project while Buro Happold is the engineer.

Prior to Karlshamn Municipality’s cultural centre and library, Schmidt hammer designed the 8,000m² library in Halmstad and the extension of the Vaxjo City Library in Sweden.


Image: The 5,000m² cultural centre will feature a library, an exhibition area, a cinema, a tourist office and a cafe. Photo: Schmidt hammer lassen architects.