Knut Hamsun Centre

Steven Holl Architects

Location: Presteid in Hamarøy, Norway

Principal use: Historical museum and exhibition space

Client: Nordland Community

Floor area: 2,508m2 (27,000 ft2)

Design period: Start 1994, resumed 2006 – 2008

Construction period: Spring 2008 – August 2009

Budget: $11m

In his biography of Knut Hamsun, Dreamer & Dissenter, Ingar Sletten Kolloen writes, “We can’t help loving him, though we have hated him all these years”. He continues, “That’s our Hamsun trauma. He’s a ghost that won’t stay in the grave.”

The year 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of Hamsun’s birth and national celebrations were held to honour the life of the writer who fabricated new forms of expression in his first novel Hunger, and founded ...

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