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.

Technische Details

Neubauten Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirke

Ort Alta, Norway.

Baukosten 120 million NOK (approx. 15 million € according to the opening year's conversion rate).

Zeitrahmen Design: 2002-2009. Construction: 2010-2013. Opening: February 2013.

Bauherr Alta kirkelige fellesråd / Alta commune, Norway.

Architekt(en) Link Arkitektur,Norway  •  Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen Architects, Denmark

Zahl der Sitzplätze 300-seat main church auditorium.

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

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

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

1/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeExterior view of the nearly completed building, February 2013. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
2/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeExterior view of the nearly completed building, February 2013. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
3/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeAll walls of the church are concave, which called for special acoustic analysis and adapted treatment. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
4/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeInterior view of the church. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
5/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeInterior view of the church auditorium, with its acoustically diffusing corian elements, breaking up sound reflections from the curved geometry. Foto © Kahle Acoustics
6/6Nordlyskatedralen Alta kirkeAcoustically perforated concrete walls, concealing an acoustic volume behind. Foto © Kahle Acoustics