Snøhetta completes the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen




Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

Snøhetta has completed the new Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) of the University of Bergen.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

This open, robust and interactive building gathers KMD’s 350 art and design students under one roof, while simultaneously connecting the faculty and the city of Bergen.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

October 11 marked the official opening of the Snøhetta-designed Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD) in Bergen, Norway.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

Replacing the former Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB), the new KMD has undergone a historic fusion, assembling the previously scattered faculty buildings under one roof.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

This new 14,800m2 cross-disciplinary faculty is now the second largest cultural building in Bergen after the 1,500-seat Grieg Concert Hall.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

The building is organized along two axes, one internal, dedicated to students and staff, and one external, open to the public.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

Under the KMD roof, these axes cross each other in the 1,300 m2 and 19,000 m3 project hall, one of the most prominent and dominant features of the building.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

It is here, in the transition zone between the public and the private sphere of the school, that the building offers exciting opportunities for students, professors, and visitors to connect, discover, and learn from one another.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

It is a multi-use, semi-climatic space running through the entire construction.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

The building’s entrance is connected to the large outdoor public plaza, Kunstallmenningen.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen

The plaza, together with the large glass wall of the project hall, makes KMD an inviting and open building in dialogue with the city center of Bergen. Source and photos, Courtesy of Snøhetta.

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski / Trond Isaksen
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Trond Isaksen
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
Photo © Tomasz Majewski

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