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Square Drum, Trondheim, Norway

Square Drum, Trondheim, NorwaySquare Drum, Trondheim, Norway
Chris Hodson

This intriguing copper drum floating above an open stage invigorates the town square of Trondheim, Norway, mutating into an animated light source at night. Its designers HUS arkitekter AS explain the competition-winning scheme. 

The project was part of a larger plan to renovate and upgrade Torvet, the town square as a whole. Our vision was to create a new, lively space focused on activity rather than form – a space bursting with people and life. The new stage is located in the southwest corner of the square in front of a shopping mall.

Perforated and Patinated Copper

The stage itself is multifunctional without any dedicated use and is dominated by the main attraction – the cylinder-shaped stage ‘loft’. With a skin consisting of perforated and patinated copper, the colour of the stage canopy changes throughout the day. Copper patina green during daytime, it transforms in the evening with light from the inner circle reflected throughout the screen. It is almost a living element, changing expression with the rhythm of the day.

The cylinder consists of three layers: the inner reflective surface is polished stainless steel with a random pyramid pattern, the middle screen is copper with clear lacquer to keep its natural colour over the years; finally, the outer skin is made of randomly hand-patinated green copper. The two copper layers are perforated for transparency in a random pattern of hexagons of varying sizes. Between the middle and inner layers there is multi-coloured LED lighting arranged in five height zones, facing inwards. And between the outer and middle layers, on top of the structure, LED wall-washers face downwards.

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Building

Owner: 
Trondheim Muncipality
Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
Norway
City: 
Trondheim
Street: 
Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Other
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Cultural
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
HUS arkitekter AS
Address & description: 
Nordre gate, 107011 Trondheim

Copper contractors

Title: 
Ratdal AS
Address & description: 
Sluppenveien 13A, 7037 TRONDHEIM

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