Pavilion in Kongsberg
Pavilion in Kongsberg

Pavilion in Kongsberg


The pavilion is to rise over the roofs of the historical quarter of the city of Kongsberg as a main venue, for three summer months, of a prestigious international jazz festival, then completely dismantled and stored for the rest of the year. This temporary character of the structure, combined with its musical performance function, largely determined its construction system and its form. Given that it is to take in jazz bands – where wind instruments play with the strings of contrabass strings, making amplification necessary –, the pavilion is designed as a large acoustic clamshell which simultaneously serves as a backdrop screen for projecting beams of light during concerts. To achieve, on the one hand, the organic forms called for by the functional requirements, and on the other hand easy mounting and dismounting, a light structure was adopted, partly pneumatic and resting only on a few points on the ground, thanks to which there are hardly any obstacles to the running of shows.

With a maximum height of 20 meters and a length of 40, the structure is built with a pneumatic ring a meter in section, and tautened canvases are connected to it. These canvases are made of a special fabric of PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) fabrics coated with PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which makes the tent highly resistant in aggressive atmospheres while helping to spread light along the surface. The entire structure is held up by a skeleton of galvanized steel pieces five meters long: the perfectly-sized module for transport in standard containers.

Obra Work

Tuballoon Band Shelter, pabellón temporal para el Festival de Jazz de Konsberg (Noruega) Temporary pavilion for the Konsgberg Jazz Festival (Norway).

Cliente Client

Kongsberg Jazzscener AS.

Fecha Date


Superficie Area

1.000 m2.

Dimensiones Dimensions (LxWxH)

38x22x20 m.

Arquitecto Architect


Colaboradores Collaborators

Joshua Teas (responsable de proyecto architect in charge); Heidi Pettersvold (interior interior architect); Jenny Osuldsen (paisajismo landscaping architect).

Consultor de estructuras Structure consultant


Diseño de la membrana Membrane patterning


Fabricante de la membrana Membrane manufacturer


Fotos Photos

Robert Sannes.