kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hall
 
kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hall
jun 15, 2009

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hall

the dance hall is situated amongst a grove of pine trees image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

three years ago, the old dance hall in falsterbo, sweden, was destroyed by fire. the dance hall was situated 200 meters from the beach in a small pine wood grove on the southernmost tip of sweden and had been a famous meeting place for both locals and tourists since the 1930’s. the dance hall was much mourned and it was soon decided that the house should be rebuilt. the municipality launched an international architecture competition that draw a record breaking interest from both media and architects. kjellgren kaminsky‘s proposal “mirage” was selected to be built.

the mirage dance hall establishes a dialogue with the site. it reflects the position and façades of the old dance hall while simultaneously reflecting its surroundings in every moment, the changing seasons, the light and the people passing by.

the plan of the new building has the same footprint as its predecessor. it is cut diagonally by a two story high entrance room which connects all the public areas to the building. the building is divided so that the serving spaces are placed along the eastern façade and the served public spaces are located on the west side. the rooms towards the southern façade open up to terraces.

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance halllarge windows allow the inside to reflect outside image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallsunlight reflecting off the dance hall’s windows has a mirage-like effect on the surrounding environment image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

the building is situated in a nature reserve. the pine tree grove surrounding the building is kept untouched. the terraces and paths connected to the building are made out of wooden boards taking their inspiration from the jetty’s on the nearby beach. a small grave road for deliveries is on the east side of the site.

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallthe façades of the building are clad in graphite gray fibercement and mirror glassimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecturekjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hall the interior of the dance hall image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

a lot of focus was put on designing the acoustic qualities of the building. a custom made damping wall was designed in collaboration with an acoustics expert. the wall consists of a black acoustic felt covered by white wooden boards of various dimensions, which result in a strong graphical statement in the building.

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance halldetail of the materials used for the damping wallimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallthe white boards making a graphical statement image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallimage courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallthe interior of one of the restaurants which has floor to ceiling windows allowing light to flood through the space image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallreflections of the outside on the interior image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hall the mirage which the reflective glass panels creates image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

kjellgren kaminsky architecture: 'mirage' dance hallan aerial view of a model that represents the dance hall image courtesy of kjellgren kaminsky architecture

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