Flekkefjord Cultural Centre



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Address : Elvegaten 1
4400 Flekkefjord
Contact person : Sales office Norway
- Norway

Architect : Helen & Hard AS - Stavanger - Norway

Fabricator : Hubro Hansen AS - Sola - Norway

Other planning committee : Photos: Jiri Havran - Oslo - Norway

Project details :

Dynamic, translucent façades at Flekkefjord Cultural Centre

The new Flekkefjord cultural centre is situated on the waterfront of Flekkefjord, a town in Southern Norway. The project, designed by the Helen & Hard architectural firm, covers an area of 3,100 m2,distributed over three floors. It incorporates a library, a cinema, a concert hall, a cultural school, leisure club and administration. The main objective was to combine various cultural functions in the most compact and efficient way, while creating spaces that facilitate synergies, multi-use and attractive areas for exchanges and meetings. The project is part of a national strategy to strengthen the cultural capital in small and medium Norwegian cities.

Another important challenge in designing the building was the adaptation of its scale and materiality to the existing surroundings, using traditional construction methods based on white wood claddings. This was achieved by maintaining the height in keeping with the neighbouring buildings, and with a roof geometry shaped and adjusted to different contextual situations.

Wicona façades adding maximum translucence to the building

The main façade opens onto a large public square with a reception area reaching over all three floors. The translucent skin of the façade was created with more than 200 m2 of WICONA WICTEC 50 curtain wall, connecting the interior and exterior space and eliminating as much as possible the visual barriers to the square. The sides of the building have smaller openings which relate to the typical façade rhythms of the area, clad with white wood panels. 

The WICONA WICTEC 50 curtain wall has achieved the Bronze level in the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Product Standard. The C2C Product Certification presupposes a paradigm shift in thinking about how a product is designed, what’s in it, and where it goes after use. It is a guidance system for product designers and manufacturers, that leads to the creation of products which redefine quality, aesthetics and innovation. In order to achieve one of the five levels of certification (from Basic up to Platinum), a product must satisfy the minimum requirements of the relevant level in all five categories. These categories are: Material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, social fairness and biodiversity.

A large stairwell, constituting a prominent interior and exterior element, guides the audience from the main entrance to all the public functions in the higher floors. At larger events, the stairs also help to distribute the audience to different levels from the lower foyer, without appearing to be empty during smaller events.

At night, the stairs and ceiling of the foyer visually transform the communication areas into one big space connecting to the public square outside. This spatial continuity is accentuated by the design of the stepped ceiling, which folds down to form the back wall of the foyer, linking to the large frontal stairwell in a similar red colour, and by the lighting strips along the façade. The cantilevering roof structure over the foyer is made of glued laminated wooden beams, while the rest of the walls in the public areas are made in concrete clad with birch plywood.


Project: Flekkefjord Cultural Centre

Location: Norway

Architectural firm: Helen & Hard AS

Façades by: Hubro Hansen AS

Wicona solutions used: WICTEC 50 façades, WICSTYLE 65ED and WICSTYLE 65N automatic sliding doors.

Photos: Jiri Havran.

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Door systems


non thermally broken door system (str. depth 65 mm) for use inside of buildings fush fitting on both sides with butt or surface-mounted hinges made of aluminium or stainless steel fully compatible with profiles and accessories of series WICSTYLE 65 optional functionality as smoke control door in one or two leaves version optional burglary resistant version classified WK 1 and WK 2
Door systems


thermally broken automatic sliding door Cost saving for installation in new and existing buildings through lower energy consumption sashes up to 3000 mm height, optionally with sidelights or fanlight safe and reliable door automation by Kaba-Gilgen Sensors can be integrated into the profiles Safe operation, in line with personal protection requirements of DIN 18650 Integrated multiple points locking for increased burglary resistance
Facade systems


Filigree look without any change in appearance to the inner mullion and transom gaskets Ideal for vertical and polygon façades, sloped glazing and spatial structures Individual design thanks to a wide range of profile geometries for the structural and glazing profiles Uf up to 1.2W/m²K, solutionfor passiv houses up to Uf =0.74W/m²K Reliable glass load transmission (up to 4 kN), with adapted transom-joint technology Overlapping and secure drainage at the cross point, without mechanical mullion processing, ensures tried-and-tested impermeability Broad selection of profiles enables economic adaptation to structural requirements, with the additional option of internal reinforcement Glazing from outside featuring single- and/or two-part pressure and cover profiles Design options with concealed or visible screw fixture Extensive solutions for structure junctions and conservatories Burglar resistance up to WK3 with presure profile reinforcement bullet resistance class up to FB4 fire resistance class G30/F30, glass or panel up to 1.8x3.0m or 1.4x2.4m, overhead glazing possible, construction principle identical regular WICTEC 50 Complete product range for glazed roofs or slope facades Easy integration in roof windows, realizeable as SHEV variant as all glass facade, appearance similar to structural sealant glazing (SSG) facade Special pressure profile available with concealed guide for integrated sun protection