henning larsen architects: umea art museum
henning larsen architects: umea art museum henning larsen architects: umea art museum
feb 08, 2013

henning larsen architects: umea art museum

‘umeå art museum’ by henning larsen architects, umeå, sweden

image © Åke E:son Lindman

all images courtesy of henning larsen architects



located in a university town in sweden, the umea art museum is part of a greater complex of artistic institutes and exhibition facilities. the collaboration between danish firm henning larsen architects and white arkitekter is an endeavor of ambition; the building seeks to put into dialogue art, design and architecture so as to secure umea as a site of critical creative discourse. the museum is unique in its tower-like form, creating a protruding silhouette by the umeälven river. large, square exhibition spaces are free of structural elements and plentiful in glazing so as to allow ample natural light to filter through the space. while the interiors provide a tabula rasa to accomodate the ever-changing programs of both contemporary and historically significant art, the exterior maintains an aesthetic character that is at once warm and replete with material dynamism. the arts campus buildings, comprised of the academy of fine arts, the institute of design and the new school of architecture, are clad in vertical louvres of siberian larch with a multiplicity of directional grain. the verticality of the facade is broken only by the rhythm of large windows and a glass middle floor. the museum is a publicly accessible and forges a landmark for interdisciplinary study to proliferate.



a siberian larch facade lends stunning verticality to the museum tower

image © Åke E:son Lindman



a glass middle floor and strategically placed glazing strarkly interrupts the layered facade

image © Åke E:son Lindman



the museum is flanked by other arts campus buildings, but manages to be both distinguishable and a unifying visual force

image © Åke E:son Lindman



ample daylight tumbles through the expanses of glazing and reveals the watery landscape

image © Åke E:son Lindman



the building is organized by material and aperture

image © Åke E:son Lindman



image © Åke E:son Lindman



the undersides of stairs are finished so as to encourage the presence of diffused light

image © Åke E:son Lindman



image © Åke E:son Lindman



wood floors warm the exhibition spaces

image © Åke E:son Lindman



the interiors encourage varying interplays of light

image © Åke E:son Lindman



a glass middle floor reveals the frozen swedish riverscape

image © Åke E:son Lindman



a night view of the museum as it looks out onto the river

image © Åke E:son Lindman



site plan


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  • excellent

    well designed structure that integrates well int the surroundings

    dbkii says:

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