The Vaagen and Sandnes Culture Academy designed by LINK arkitektur AS is located in Sandnes, Norway. The project exhibits a tight simplicity that reflects the corresponding rationale informing the internal configurations. At the same time, individual building sections give a dynamic and power to the campus. ‘With its stooping and leaning extensions spreading themselves over 4 levels, it stitches itself through the ceiling and leans out over the street to the west. On the 4th floor a continuous glass façade with alternating coloured-glass panels up to 170 metres in length becomes a plinth for the school’s logo.
The campus is characterised by a refined use of materials. ‘The cocoon’ is clad with larch, both on the exterior and on the interior. Heavier, more or less open building sections are dressed with travertine, while the canteen areas and foyers have up to 3 levels with glass façade towards the south and towards the river promenade. The buildings appear open towards the south and east, but more closed towards the street in the west and north. The school has its basis in educational programmes with aesthetic curriculums. Interaction and communication across the disciplines, but with possibilities for specialisation have been leading themes during the development of the masterplan.