Super Sleek Performance Arts Center: Norway

How sexy is this building designed by Helsinki-based ALA Architects? I’m really diggin’ the sharp lines and great color contrast on both the exterior and interior of this structure. In regards to modern architecture, it’s an excellent example of form and function at it’s best.

Currently under construction in Kristiansand, Norway, the Kilden Performing Arts Center will provide facilities for the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Opera South, and a number of local theater groups. Featured on the interior, a curved wooden wall will surrounds the audience and “separate reality from fantasy”. The wall not only creates a disguised theatrical effect, but also improves the acoustics of the foyer.

The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra will have at its disposal a concert hall designed to accommodate 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, will have a theater with a capacity of 700, and advanced equipment with a stage tower. The $191 million project is expected to be completed in 2011.

ALA Architects website

December 11, 2016

Magical Photos of Winter in Finland Under the Northern Lights

Born and based in beautiful Lapland, Finland, nature photographer Tiina Törmänen is never short on inspiration. A real-life winter wonderland, the Finnish Lapland is renowned for its sparkling, snowy landscapes lit by starry skies and the spectacular Northern Lights. Törmänen captures this seasonal beauty in her fantastic photographs of Lapland’s luminous landscapes. Each expertly shot photo depicts a different awe-inspiring aspect of Törmänen’s stunning surroundings.

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December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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