Umeå School of Architecture

Umeå, Sweden
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Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Picture © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
© ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Photo © ÅKE E:SON LINDMAN
Architects
Henning Larsen
Address
Konstnärligt Campus, Östra Strandgatan 30 C, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Year
2010
Client
Balticgruppen AB
Gross floor area
5,000 m2
Partners
White Architects A/S, Rambøll Sweden AB, TM-Konsult AB, LPS Konstruktörer AB

Umeå School of Architecture has a unique location by Umeå River. With its interior landscape of open floor levels and sculpturally shaped stairs, the building resonates with creativity and artistic experimenting.

As a growth centre for the architecture of the future, Umeå School of Architecture will provide the framework for inspiration and innovation. From the outside, the building has a cubic expression with its larch facades and square windows placed in a vibrant, rhythmic sequence on all sides. The interior space of the building is designed as a dynamic sequence of stairs and split, open floor levels where abstract, white boxes hang freely from the ceiling filtering the light coming in through the high skylights.

One of the key objectives has been to create a bright and open study environment where everyone is part of the same room – only separated by the split levels and glass walls of the teaching rooms. The design supports the opportunity for mutual inspiration and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the students.

In contrast to the dynamic atrium, the drawing rooms placed along the facades of the building in a strict and regular sequence of columns and beams have a simple and rational design. The varied pattern of windows not only creates a strong visual effect – it also generously lets the light flow into the building and offers a breathtaking view of the river.

The School of Architecture will form part of the new Arts Campus at Umeå University, which will also comprise the new Academy of Fine Arts and Art Museum – both designed by Henning Larsen Architects.

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