The new building for KHIB is taking shape. The new institution is going to be a generator in Møllendal, the new part of Bergen. The school appears as a background to the new public place Byalmenningen and will be very visible from the other side of Store Lungegarsvann. “The new building will be functional, compact and intelligent,” explains Rector Paula Crabtree. The building may be ready to move into in 2016, if everything goes as hoped.
A functional, compact and intelligent building
The current plan is for the building to be 32 metres high. That is 10.5 metres lower than the original proposal. The total floor space will be 14,500 m². Connected to the entrance of the school, the public will get access to the plaza; Kunstalmenningen. At the plaza the Academy of Arts will have exhibitions and events.
The school will contain a large amount of workshop areas supporting the studies of metal, wood, graphic, textiles, ceramics, video and photo. In addition there will also be projectrooms, workshop area for the students, an administration and a studio for the employees of the school. The facade is opened up with large glasswalls or by using many small and large draws, that have been pulled more or less out.