Gallery: The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

The white cladding mimics the town's white-painted houses, which gives it such a special character

Danish designers 3XN have been featured on Inhabitat numerous times, and it’s easy to see why. In this design, they have honored the residents and architecture of Mandal, which has a small population of just 15,000 inhabitants. Comprised of a theater, cinema, concert hall, library and cafe inside, the center’s south-facing orientation and large panoramic windows optimize daylighting and ensure that riverside activities receive plenty of sunshine.

Eventually 3XN hopes to add a green roof to the center so that it harmonizes even more fully with the surrounding environment and they are also responsible for building a bridge over the river, a project that will be completed fairly soon. A modern but sustainable center that promotes community engagement, The Arch is a magnificent achievement in design that looks especially enigmatic at night.

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images via Adam Mõrk


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