Danish Henning Larsen Architects has offices in several cities and projects in over twenty locations worldwide. The exhibition presents the architects' methods and procedures.
Models, sketches and texts serve to answer questions about shape and material, provide insight on how to relate to local culture and future prospects in several countries. The new Bildmuseet and the School of Architecture at Umeå Arts Campus are both designed by Henning Larsen Architects in cooperation with White.
Architecture influences the environment, city or landscape and the society that it forms part of. The environment, city, landscape and society likewise have an influence on architecture. Henning Larsen Architects create architecture that engages in dialogue with its surroundings and interprets the future potential of the location. In addition to the buildings in Umeå, examples from Iceland, Saudi Arabia and Georgia will be on display.
An exhibition featuring Henning Larsen Architects, the internationally successful Danish architectural firm whose work with the new Bildmuseet and the School of Architecture at the Arts Campus has left its mark on Umeå.
Architecture affects the environment, the city or the countryside and the community that it is a part of. Also, the environment, the city, the landscape and the community in turn influence the architecture. Henning Larsen Architects has offices in several cities and is currently working on projects in some twenty locations around the world. How do they determine how a building should look? How does architecture relate to a specific location?
The exhibition presents a selection of the architectural office's methods and procedures. Models and texts answer questions about form and materials and presents insight into ways of relating to local culture and future prospects in a number of different countries.
Besides the two Umeå projects is also an example from Iceland where Henning Larsen Architects has designed Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík and which now houses the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Islandske Opera. In collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson, a kaleidoscopic colourful façade consisting of nearly 1,000 faceted glass elements was developed which now reflects the city and the surrounding landscape.
The exhibition also presents models and an animated film about the enormous financial district now being built in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah Financial District will, when ready, accommodate 30 million square meters of construction and aim to pave the way for a new economy when the country's income from oil gradually reduces or ends. Here will be shops, homes and cultural institutions. One of these, the Children's Interactive Museum, is constructed based on Saudi Arabian children's desires of what they want a museum to be, and contains both play and learning.
The shape of the aquarium in Batumi on the Black Sea shore in Georgia is inspired by stones polished by the waves. The aquarium is divided into different sections where each stone-shaped housing body represents a marine habitat: the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea and the Red Sea.
Bildmuseet and the School of Architecture at Umeå Arts Campus, Umeå University, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects in cooperation with White Architects in Umeå. Property developer: Balticgruppen AB.