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In 2004, Aalborg City Council bought the old Elsam electricity plant with the intention of creating “Nordkraft”, a centre for culture, sports, leisure and more. The old electricity generating plant has become a place which focuses on music, teaching, theatre and art, and the old concrete structures have been preserved. The project was awarded to Cubo Architects A/S together with Brix & Kamp AS, Korsbæk & partnere AS, Arkitektfirmaet Nord and Egebjerg By og Landskab.
The idea was to maintain the original rough, industrial look, combining it with optimum solutions for culture and leisure activities. This “industrial” effect was also sought for the lighting and the luminaires selected were Maxiwoody spotlights and Berlino pendant luminaires. The Berlino was chosen for its dimensions and the possibility of using different lamps. Both the large version with direct/indirect lighting and the small glass version were used. Berlino luminaires are installed at the entrance, in the connecting areas and at reception. The Maxiwoody spotlights light the outer square and highlight some interior features of the building. Maxiwoody luminaires were used inside and pole-mounted outside to try to establish a link between the interiors and the urban setting. Wallmounted Linealuce luminaires light the cinema posters, while Ledplus luminaires line the cinema steps.
Nordkraft is located close to the port district where a new area was developed. It has become one of the features of the skyline there and represents a link between the industrial architecture and the silos in that zone. Nordkraft is one of the largest buildings in the area, with a surface area of 30,250 square metres.