Kilden Performing Arts Centre

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Coordinates: 58°8′20.81″N 7°59′49.73″E / 58.1391139°N 7.9971472°E / 58.1391139; 7.9971472

Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Kilden teater og konserthus
Kilden konsert- og teaterhus.jpg
General information
Type Arts complex
Architectural style Modernism
Location Kristiansand, Norway
Completed 2012
Opened 6. January 2012
Technical details
Structural system Characteristic Oak waves at the sea front.
Design and construction
Architect ALA Architects, Finland [1] and SMS Arkitekter, Norway [2]
Main contractor AF group

Kilden Performing Arts Centre (in Norwegian: Kilden teater og konserthus) is a theater and concert hall on Odderøya in Kristiansand, Norway. It houses Agder Teater, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Opera Sør in a joint project never previously embarked upon.[3] There is room for a variety of concerts and other forms of cultural expression.

The Company[edit]

The building is built and owned by the company "Kilden teater- og konserthus for Sørlandet IKS", and Kristiansand Municipality (80%) and Vest-Agder County (20%) are owners. The company was established in 2003 and the name Kilden (meaning "the source") specified in 2006.[4]

The building[edit]

Work on the building began in 2007, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway laid the foundation stone in 2009. The opening was officially finished 6 January 2012. Its architects were Finnish ALA Architects and Norwegian SMS Arkitekter, acoustical consultants were Brekke & Strand, the acoustic design of the concert hall was by Arup and the main contractor was AF group. The building has a gross area of 16,000 square meters and a volume of 128,000 cubic meters. The building cost nearly 1.7 billion Norwegian krones.[5]


The building has four stages:

  • Concert Hall with 1 185 seats
  • Theatre & Opera Hall with 708 seats, orchestra pit with space for 70 musicians
  • Multi-room with 234 seats or 400 standing
  • Intimate Hall with 150 seats


  1. ^ ALA Architects, official website (in English)
  2. ^ SMS Arkitekter, official website (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ About Kilden (in English)
  4. ^ Kilden Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet Iks hos (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ History in English, at the official website

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