Kilden Performing Arts Centre

Kilden Performing Arts Centre (in Norwegian: Kilden teater og konserthus) is a theater and concert hall on Odderøya in Kristiansand, Norway. It houses Kilden Teater, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Opera Sør in a joint project never previously embarked upon.[3] There is room for a variety of concerts and other forms of cultural expression.

Kilden Performing Arts Centre
Kilden teater og konserthus
General information
TypeArts complex
Architectural styleModernism
LocationKristiansand, Norway
Coordinates58°8′20.81″N 7°59′49.73″E / 58.1391139°N 7.9971472°E / 58.1391139; 7.9971472
Opened6 January 2012
Technical details
Structural systemCharacteristic Oak waves at the sea front.
Design and construction
Architect(s)ALA Architects, Finland[1] and SMS Arkitekter, Norway[2]
Main contractorAF group

The Company


The building is built and owned by the company "Kilden teater- og konserthus for Sørlandet IKS", and Kristiansand Municipality (80%) and Vest-Agder County (20%) are owners. The company was established in 2003 and the name Kilden (meaning "the source") specified in 2006.[4]

The building


Work on the building began in 2007, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway laid the foundation stone in 2009. The opening was officially finished 6 January 2012. Its architects were Finnish ALA Architects and Norwegian SMS Arkitekter, acoustical consultants were Brekke & Strand, the acoustic design of the concert hall was by Arup and the main contractor was AF group. The building has a gross area of 16,000 square meters and a volume of 128,000 cubic meters. The building cost nearly 1.7 billion Norwegian krones.[5]



The building has four stages:

  • Concert Hall with 1 185 seats
  • Theatre & Opera Hall with 708 seats, orchestra pit with space for 70 musicians
  • Multi-room with 234 seats or 400 standing
  • Intimate Hall with 150 seats


  1. ^ ALA Architects, official website (in English)
  2. ^ SMS Arkitekter, official website (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ About Kilden (in English)
  4. ^ Kilden Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet Iks hos (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ History Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine in English, at the official website
(in English)