Kalmar Museum of Art

Situated in the city park of the renaissance town of Kalmar, the new Art Museum houses both the collection of modern art as well as spaces for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, videos, performances and concerts in addition to a public art library and open workshops.

The competition motto was ’Platform’ and this is the conceptual idea behind the design: a series of open platforms whose large spans allow for maximum flexibility as well as the adjustment of the light and the spaces to meet the specific needs of each exhibition and event. The black four-level cube is clad with large-scale wooden panels and punctuated by glazed openings. An open stair spirals the full height of the building creating a vertical walk up into the greenery of the trees while offering different spatial experiences, as well as views of the surroundings: the Kalmar castle, the old city centre and the Baltic sea.