The Fourth Wall

architects ALA Architects / Samuli Woolston, Antti Nousjoki, Juho Grönholm, Janne Teräsvirta
project Kilden Preforming Arts Centre, Kristiansand, Norway


The Kilden theatre and concert hall is located in the old harbour just next to Kristiansand city centre. It is a production facility where art is created, primarily in the forms of theatre, music, costumes and stage decoration.

Contrasts are an essential part of the building and its functions; performance and production, audience and performers, soft and hard. Three black zigzag walls are made of brushed and anodized aluminium. The fourth wall is a smoothly undulating wall made of local oak. It is the spectacular and inviting sign for the audience.