Mirage dance hall, Falsterbo / Sweden

When the old dance hall in the small town of Falsterbo in the most southern tip of Sweden burnt down over three years ago, both locals and tourists alike were sad to loose the area’s favourite and famous 1930s-designed meeting place.
The competition which followed, announced young practice
Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects as the winners, and three years on their 'Mirage' proposal is now ready to stage its first performance.

The building is located in a small pine wood, a nature reserve just 200m off the beach. Apart from the dance floor and bar, it also features two restaurants, kitchen and stage areas and a roof garden for the long and warm summer days. Kjellgren and Kaminsky’s design left the surrounding woods completely intact and since the building was made entirely out of prefabricated elements, construction was also particularly eco-friendly and low-impact.

The building’s exterior is covered by graphite grey firbecement and mirror glass, while the terraces are largely made out of wood. The architects also focused specifically on the interior design’s acoustics and worked with an expert to customise the walls’ insulation, wrapping the surfaces in black acoustic felt covered by white wooden boards. Moreover, the cladding also creates a strong interior surface pattern, which enhances the building’s graphic character; and this, with no extra cost to the original budget.

Mirage opened officially just a few days ago, and should you choose to travel north in the coming months for a taste of the gently warm Scandinavian summer, it offers an ideal evening entertainment choice.

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