Tuballoon, Kongsberg Jazz festival

Kongsberg, Norway
Photo © Robert Sannes
Kongsberg, Norway

Snøhetta designed the Tuballoon to serve as the main stage at Scandinavia’s reputable Kongsberg Jazz Festival. The annual musical event is one of the oldest and most highly regarded festivals in Europe, headlining acts from the international jazz scene. The mounting of Tuballoon recurs annually and stands for three weeks time before returning to storage in standard containers for the rest of the year. The pneumatic tension membrane structure measures 20 meters in height and approx. 40 meters in length. The structure seems poised to break away and drift skyward from the tethers which hold fast to its historic site. Its geometry is suggestive of natural acoustic forms such as musical wind instruments and geometries of the inner ear.

Acoustically, the Tubaloon is a dynamic and tuneable venue. The form provides a classic clamshell-like shaping over the audience to keep quiet performances intimate while the PVC fabric construction is nearly transparent to sound during amplified performances. The low profile to amplification means that the performances can be controlled simply through the sound mix. An element of chance is introduced by the horn-like opening above the stage. Its orations are encouraged to exit unpredictably out into the surrounding townscape.

Kongsberg Jazzscener AS

20 x 40 m

Related Projects

  • Die Bourbaki Armee in der Schweiz
    Holzer Kobler Architekturen
  • Vanilla Future Future
    Zamp Kelp
  • Density +-0
    LIN Architects Urbanists
  • Façade du Vecteur
  • Temporärer Bau Messe Basel für British American Tobacco (KENT)
    Studer Innen&Architektur


Other Projects by Snøhetta

Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
Oslo, Norway
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria, Egypt
National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion
New York
Petter Dass Museum
Alstadhaug, Norway
Bærum Cultural Center
Sandvika, Norway
Karmøy Fishing Museum
Karmøy, Norway