The new National Academy of the Arts in Bergen is located on the shores of the lake Store Lungegårdsvann, flanked by the three mountains Fløyen, Ulrikken, and Løvstakken. It will be situated at the foot of this powerful landscape, looking over the distant city skyline.
The new academy building aims to become an important generator for the new urban development of the city, as well as to become an important icon for the cultural life of Bergen.
The project aims to establish a strong link between the public environment, the city life, and the institutional life. One of the most important rooms of the school, the project hall, will be used both for public functions as well as for internal workshops. From here, the auditorium, café, and library are accessible.
The site has a tough climate with regards to rain and cold air. This has been a determining factor in forming the building, to ensure protection of the institutions outdoor activities, and to create a good local climate.