Newly Drawn introduces the most interesting young, upcoming Finnish architects, their latest projects, and ways of working. Touring the world since 2009, the project consists of publications, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, and workshops.
The series of architectural lectures, panels, and discussions will be held in New York in spring 2012 and will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at the Center for Architecture on April 21, 2012.
Finnish Architecture in Norway: Kilden Performing Arts Centre with Architect Juho Grönholm February 14
Kilden, a theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, opened in January 2012 and has brought together all the city’s institutions of performing arts, including Agder Theatre, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (KSO), and Opera Sør. The landmark was Finnish architecture firm ALA Architects’ first major project. The complex contains four performance venues with a total of 2,300 seats, world-class acoustics and architecture design for a symphony orchestra. The theater and opera hall is adjusts from an intimate drama venue to a lavish opera and musical auditorium.
The building is also an architectural landmark: the sculptural drama of the curving, wooden foyer wall has become an emblem for the city of Kristiansand. Kilden is a meeting place and a source of pride for the locals.
About the architect:
Juho Grönholm is co-founder of ALA, a Helsinki-based architecture firm seeking fresh angles, flowing forms and surprising solutions on all levels of architecture.
Through ALA’s work, particularly Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Grönholm has gained a reputation as an architect driven by a strong belief in rich, experiential architecture. His solid pre-ALA background in large, prestigious public building projects has secured his reputation as one of the most proficient amongst any talented young architects today.
Grönholm has lectured about architecture in schools and institutions around the world. He has taught at the Helsinki University of Technology since his graduation from its School of Architecture in 2001. His work has been awarded and published globally. He was awarded the Raili and Reima Pietilä in 2008.
Currently Grönholm holds a teaching position in the Public Building Design Chair at the Aalto University School of Architecture, and regularly lectures elsewhere.