Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirke

Norway's only official cathedral, this building made of titanium shelters a 300-seat nave, and hosts the regular church services as well as key music performances.

Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeExterior view of the nearly completed building, February 2013.
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Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeExterior view of the nearly completed building, February 2013.
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Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeAll walls of the church are concave,
which called for special acoustic analysis
and adapted treatment.
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Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeInterior view of the church.
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Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeInterior view of the church auditorium,
with its acoustically diffusing corian elements,
breaking up sound reflections from the curved geometry.
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Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeAcoustically perforated concrete walls,
concealing an acoustic volume behind.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Alta, Norway.

Project Cost   120 million NOK (approx. 16 million €).

Time Frame   Design 2002-2009, construction 2010-2013, opening February 2013.

Owner   Alta kirkelige fellesråd / Alta commune, Norway.

Architect(s)   Link Arkitektur,Norway, and Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen Architects, Denmark.

Seat Count   300-seat main church auditorium.

Uses   Concert hall for organ, choral and chamber music. Rehearsals and recordings. Church services.

Services   Acoustic concept and detailed design of main church auditorium with curved surfaces, including variable acoustics.

Team   Thomas Wulfrank, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.
Svein Folkvord, Tønnes Ognedal, Sinus AS, Stavanger. Sara Vehviläinen, Henrik Møller, Akukon Oy, Helsinki.

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