visans hus

The ‘Västervik kommun’ (town of Västervik) in Sweden launched an open international competition to design a ‘visans hus’ (Folk Music Centre).

The competition brief was to design a Folk Music Centre with concert venue, teaching & studio facilities, library, exhibition space, restaurant, a small ‘starter’ business centre and a small guest harbour.
The plan of the Music Centre has been arranged as open as possible, making the building as open and experiential for all users.
The concert venue has been made into a deliberately abstract nautical shape. A removable external wall would allow the 400 persons capacity to expand to 1200+ persons using external seating.




open international competition 2005