A new hotspot has been created in the north of Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects. It is the Umea Art Museum, located within the campus of the Arts at the University of Umeå, the Swedish city designated European Capital of Culture in 2014.
The university complex includes the Academy of Fine Arts, the Design Institute and the Architecture School, added to which is the museum with a strategic location, as it can be seen from the river. Three exhibition pavilions make up the Umeå Art Museum, arranged one over the other.
The façade cladding is made of strips of Siberian larch, alternating with extensive use of glass: the alternation of fills and voids creates light effects due to the combination of natural light and artificial light, as well as ensuring panoramic views of the river and of the cityscape.
The free space left in the square exhibition halls, is compensated in the arrangement of four structural elements, laterally to each room, which also include the vertical connections and the piping of the plumbing systems.