Size/ 4,800 m²
Cost/ € 12 million excl. VAT
Competition/ 1997, 1st prize in open international competition
Status/ Construction period 1994 – 1997
Client/ Nordic Council of Ministers/ Greenland’s Home Rule/ Nuuk Municipality.
Engineers/ Rambøll A/S/ NIRAS A/S
Awards/ 1997, Selected Buildings Award/ 1998, The Nykredit Architecture Prize/ 1998, The Danish Arts Foundation Award/ 1999, The Eckersberg Medal
Photo/ Adam Mørk
Inspired by Greenland’s dramatic scenery of icebergs, snowfields and mountains, the main element of the building is sheathed by a ‘floating’, undulating screen of golden larch wood. This second ‘skin’ lends the scheme an elegant airiness, creating a contrast with the solid form of the core building. The foyer serves as an indoor public piazza and is divided into separate areas by three free-standing geometric structures housing the main facilities of the Cultural Centre: a square box for the TV studio, a triangular structure for the café and a circular form for the multi-purpose auditorium.