The Salmon Eye customer centre rises like an enormous area capsule above the rippling waters of Hardanger Fjord in south-west Norway. Accomplished in September 2022, this offshore customer centre and artwork set up explores the way forward for aquaculture. ‘A spot to encourage and inform individuals on the right way to higher feed the planet with sustainable seafood,’ explains the venue’s supervisor, Sebastian Lamberg Torjusen.
Salmon Eye customer centre and artwork set up
Commissioned by Eide Fjordbruk, a third-generation, family-owned salmon and trout farming firm, the ellipsoid constructing is by Copenhagen-based Kvorning Design, who labored with Kvadrat Acoustics on a customized acoustic resolution for the interiors.
Whereas the façade is clad in 9,500 stainless-steel ‘scales’ – to imitate the shiny, silvery pores and skin of salmon – the inside, which performs host to interactive exhibitions, referred to as for a softer, extra natural materials with soundproofing qualities. Right here, the curving geometry of the constructing meant the architects couldn’t use uniformly sized acoustic panels. ‘This implies quite a lot of the geometry needed to be customized made,’ says Torjusen of the choice to make use of Kvadrat Acoustics’ Smooth Cells panel system.
Smooth Cells panels incorporate acoustic padding behind a textile layer, on this case produced on the manufacturing amenities of Norwegen weaver Innvik Sellgren, which is partially owned by Kvadrat. The panels include a patented tensioning mechanism to maintain the material taut, and folds and creases round corners are eradicated by a particular insert which secures extra material.
The design group determined that the color of the material would transfer from darkish to gentle from the bottom of the constructing to the highest, mirroring the transition from the depths of the fjord to the open skies.
Jacob Jørn Riiber, programme supervisor of Kvadrat Acoustics, displays on the undertaking’s complexity: ‘The oval form of the undertaking permits us to optimise panels into teams of comparable shapes. However as quickly as we meet options within the constructing like partitions, home windows and flooring, we cease having this skill to repeat shapes. We have to crop panels at totally different angles, which [has resulted] in 250 distinctive shapes.’
Kvadrat Acoustics moreover developed a bespoke rail-based substructure for Salmon Eye, which permits the panels to be exactly spaced out and angled relative to one another. There’s a constant 3mm shadow hole between all panels – a easy element that belies cautious design and improvement.
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