“The ability to express who and what you are helps bridge the gap between societies, which ultimately decreases the differences between us and shows us that we have far more in common than that which divides us,” says head of culture at the centre, Arnstein Haakonsen. The building itself is a great example of how architecture can develop a community. Vennesla has a long history of forestry-based industry, making the choice of predominantly wooden structures simple when deciding on materials for the massive 1,900-square-metre building.