The Bjergsted Vision is a planning initiative gathering a number of cultural institutions to the Bjergsted area on the Stavanger seafront, near the new Concert Hall. The Culture School, a local school for cultural activities, and Stavanger Cathedral School, a college focussing on culture, are the latest additions to the cluster.
Following a design competition in 2007, Arkitekturverkstedet/Asplan Viak’s project combines the two schools, incorporates an existing building and creates a new urban space facing the harbour, connected through the buildings to the Bjergsted Park on the flanking hill.
The college centres on a common space penetrating the building and tying the park to the sea. The cultural school echoes the simple volume of the nearby concert hall. Both buildings are based on a heavy orthogonal core, containing the performance halls, wrapping the outer spaces in a lighter, freer zinc-clad shell.