In addition to municipal offices, the building programme includes a library, theatre, café and restaurant, meeting rooms, media rooms, dance and music halls. Combining a cultural programme with municipal administration in the same building was an interesting challenge for the design team; flexible spaces were designed to accommodate the shared programme.
We wanted to create a positive friction, where people can run into each other and where serendipitous meetings become possible – dancers next to theatre folk, side-by-side with the city’s politicians.Mattias Lind, Lead Architect
The square takes its name from Selma Lagerlöf, the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The exterior of Selma Cultural Centre showcases the hive of activity within. By treating all façades with the same focus and attention to detail, there is neither a front entrance nor back entrance; and in regards to programme, there is no visible hierarchy in terms of which can be seen from the exterior. Exterior façades are cast from raw corrugated concrete that contrasts with warm copper-toned metal details, inside and out. Inside, an exposed concrete frame, visible precast concrete walls and ceiling components and elegant polished concrete floors create a blank canvas for creativity. A glass-roofed atrium runs through the structure, covering light-filled meeting areas, with the main staircase and the traversing foot bridges contained within a concrete shell
Selma Cultural Centre is an apt demonstration by our interior design team that it is possible to transition towards a more circular economy. When you need to fill 6,200 square metres with 92 % recycled furniture and materials, it challenges both the way of working and your creativity. The spaces will be multi-functional with the ability to rearrange furnishings depending on activity; at one moment theatre rehearsals can occupy a space and awhile later, a political meeting.
The design concept is based on reused furniture, most of which is pre-owned by the city. Furniture elements will be refurbished and re-designed into compositions incorporating several different types of material.