Zaha Hadid Architects, in collaboration with A-lab and Sweco Architecture, has been shortlisted as one of the top contenders to design a new concert hall in Bergen, Norway. The prestigious competition, organized by the Norwegian Architects’ National Association, attracted 32 applications from leading architectural firms. The other four finalists vying for the opportunity are Snøhetta, Henning Larsen Architects, Mad arkitekter with Kengo Kuma, and the Nordic Office of Architecture.
The ambitious Griegkvartalet project aims to establish a remarkable concert venue at Edvard Grieg’ Place, an integral part of a burgeoning cultural quarter in Bergen’s city center. Rambøll has already conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for the development, setting the stage for the design phase of the competition.
Each of the five shortlisted teams will receive £48,200 (NOK 600,000) to participate in the design phase, providing them with an opportunity to present their innovative concepts for the concert hall. In February or March of 2024, three winners will be announced. These victorious firms will not only receive a Euro 8,040 (NOK 100,000) prize but will also be granted the chance to negotiate for the coveted design and delivery contract.
This high-profile competition highlights the significance of the Griegkvartalet project and its potential to become an architectural marvel in Norway. With the participation of renowned architectural firms, the contest promises to showcase groundbreaking design ideas that will shape the future of the cultural landscape in Bergen.