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Argus Knowledge and Cultural Center
Falkenberg, Sweden

  • client Falkenberg Municipality
  • landscape architect Fojab Arkitekter AB / Caroline Hjalmarsson
  • lighting designer Fojab Arkitekter AB / Caroline Hjalmarsson
  • electrical planning Ledel AB
  • photographer Werner Nystrand
  • Representation Selux Sverige

In the town of Fal­ken­berg in Sweden, the new Argus Learning and Cul­tu­ral Centre was com­ple­ted last year. Loca­ted in the city centre, it is desig­ned as a space for cre­a­ti­vity, curi­o­sity and for enjoy­ment of learning. The buil­ding com­plex houses the muni­ci­pal library, a school, the tou­rist infor­ma­tion centre as well as a cul­tu­ral school and cul­tu­ral centre. Situ­a­ted bet­ween the his­to­ric market square and the new muni­ci­pal park, the centre acts as a natu­ral mee­ting point.

Together with the muni­ci­pal centre and town’s the­a­tre, the learning and cul­tu­ral centre forms a strong cul­tu­ral clus­ter con­nec­ting the exis­ting centre of the town with its nor­thern part, the­reby incre­a­sing attrac­ti­ve­ness of the dis­trict. The goal of the buil­ding design by archi­tects Fojab Arki­tek­ter AB was to con­tri­bute to ver­sa­ti­lity and social sustai­na­bi­lity in the town. It repre­sents the lar­gest invest­ment ever made by Fal­ken­berg muni­ci­pal autho­rity to date, com­pri­sing two buil­dings, the newly built Argus cul­tu­ral centre and the upgra­ded, exten­ded buil­ding of the town’s secondary school.

From the market place, visi­tors enter the foyer through the wel­co­ming main entrance — the win­dows of which are those of the children’s library and a café with an open-air sea­ting area. As well as a recep­tion and infor­ma­tion centre, the library is loca­ted here, exten­ding for almost 2800 square metres over two levels and sur­roun­ding a large, unco­vered inner cour­ty­ard. A green­space for use as a seated area for pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and a children’s area with a fairy tale cave invi­tes visi­tors to stay for a while and linger. The reno­va­tion has lent the school buil­ding an enti­rely new charac­ter, chan­ging it from an old, dusky school into a bright, airy centre for learning. A pede­strian bridge links the gram­mar school with the cul­tu­ral centre, the­reby ena­bling access to the muni­ci­pal park even when it is closed.

For the ligh­ting design, Fojab Arki­tek­ter AB col­la­bo­ra­ted with Caro­line Hjal­mars­son, lands­cape archi­tect LAR/MSA, who has used Olivio Grande, Medium and Spot lumi­nai­res to illu­mi­nate the public space in front of the cul­tu­ral centre. Using Olivio gobo pro­jec­tors, it has been pos­si­ble to create artis­tic ligh­ting accents. The lumi­nai­res create a pleasant envi­ron­ment for any visi­tors who wish to stay for longer in this bust­ling loca­tion.

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