Level of Award:Award
Local Authority Area:Not in UK/ROI
Entrant:Henning Larsen Architects
Architect:Henning Larsen Architects, White Architects
Project Manager:Per Ebbe Hansson
Additional credits:Consultants: Tyréns Consultant, TM-Konsult Consultant & WSP Group
Primary Use Class:D1c Education
This new centre of excellence, on a previous industrial plot by the north beach of Umeå River in Northern Sweden, is a fine example of a modern regeneration of the urban harbour area. The three buildings; the School of Architecture, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Museum each contribute with a distinctive identity to the area and refer to the other buildings of the city in scale and expression. The unique locality at the water with the riverside promenade and the proximity to the centre of Umeå are the ideal surroundings for a university campus. With its bright and open study environment, separated by the split levels and glass walls of the teaching rooms, interiors are generously lit with natural light and have breathtaking views of the river. The architectural vision of the campus site has created a dynamic, lively environment along the riverbank, combining old and new in an almost anarchistic composition.