"The core of the new Bildmuseet revolves around a few simple
questions that are nonetheless fundamental for our activities: What
is the optimal exhibition space? How can natural light be combined
with art? And, above all: how do we experience art through tempo,
concentration and pauses?
Architect Per Ebbe Hansson, Henning Larsen Architects, in the magazine Arkitektur
Bildmuseet has seven floors and is 36 metres high, on a base of 22 x 22 metres. The façade consist of a panel of Siberian larch - a wood that, over the years, will fade to a light silver-grey - and varied, irregularly placed windows. Three large exhibition halls with ceilings 5.5 metres high fill each floor and have been allowed to determine the form of the building. Around the halls, a narrow external space against the façades - niches that let natural light filter in and blend with the warmer artificial lighting. They are places to take a break from experiencing the art and to gaze out over rivers, the city, and the landscape.
The stairwell towards the south and the river forms a main attraction in itself with its sculptural stairs, the play of the light, and the vistas out over nature. The entrance and reception desk floor stretch over the three lowest floors with boutiques, a picture shop, and a multi-purpose conference hall. In the middle of the building, in the façade marked with a row of windows, are the Bildmuseet administrative offices.