Here is a selection of images of the Umeå Art Museum in northern Sweden by major Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects.
The project is located by a river at the 15,000 m2 new Arts Campus at Umeå University.
As with the other buildings at the Arts Campus, the facade features vertical louvers in Siberian larch, which supports its verticality – only broken by the large windows and the glass floor in the middle.
Umeå Art Museum aims to attract international artists – this imposes strict requirements on museum safety and climate control.
The museum comprises three exhibition halls placed on top of each other. The large, square halls are free from load-bearing structures and are supported by four legs, with one leg placed on each side of the square rooms.
Around the exhibition halls, the legs create an outer, narrow gap towards the facades – a niche, which lets the cool sun and sky light pour into the space and merge with the warm artificial light.