School of architecture Umea got its name by a Swedish river that flows near by. The school should become part of a planned campus dedicated to art that will house an Academy of visual arts and an art museum. The building has a very artistic representation thanks to its interior structure and open floor levels with a sculptural stairways. It was designed by a group of architects called Henning Larsen Architects. This center for future architects was designed to inspire them and provoke the innovation. Looking from the outside, the building has a cubic expression, the facade is made from larch wood, the disposition of windows is very rhythmic and dynamic.
Square windows create not only strong visual experience, but provide a beautiful view on the river as well. Interior space of the building was designed as a dynamic sequence of stairways, mezzanines and open floor levels. The natural light enters through the high skylights irregularly placed on the ceiling. The aim was to create a clear and open study room where every student is a part of the room, that is why the study room is separated from the outside only by glass walls. This design is an inspiratory place, a place that motivates to exchange knowledge and ideas.