London architects to design new Bergen centre

The London-based architects Metropolitan Workshop and
Norwegian partners Arkitektkontoret Vaardal-Lunde (AVL), are designing a new
conference and exhibition centre in Bergen, Norway.

Work on the centre is
expected to start mid-2010 with a proposed completion date of 2012.
It will be located in Bergen’s old shipbuilding docks and
includes offices and a
five-star hotel.

Metropolitan Workshop director Neil Deely tells conference-news his team’s winning bid
proposes a canal between two buildings, bringing water into the site and
allowing boats to be moored directly alongside the centre.

“The contrasting architectures of the two buildings will
recall the volumes and shapes of the industrial activities once present on the
site,” says Deely.

The 6,000 square metre exhibition and conference centre
will have three multi-function halls
and a business and meeting centre.

Scandinavia’s largest
developer GC Rieber commissioned the project, part of a major regeneration
programme, as the centrepiece of the Solheimsviken area. The two architect
practices recently collaborated on major planning commissions in Bergen, including
Masterplan proposals for the Mindemyren district and proposals for a new bridge
across Danmarksplass.

AVL director Osmund Lie describes the conference and
exhibition centre as a key project for the future of Bergen. “There are huge
ambitions for the transformation of the area and this project will become the
centre piece of the district,” he says.

Paul Colston

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