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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Umeå Campus Park in Sweden by Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

 
June 3rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Umeå University is a young university, founded in the late 1960s. Here, ca 35 000 students from all over the world study in all fields of knowledge. Umeå University is located by the coast, approximately 300 km south of the Polar Circle.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

  • Architects: Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects
  • Project: Umeå Campus Park
  • Location: Umeå, Sweden
  • Design Team: Staffan Sundström, Emma Pettersson, Mikael Johansson
  • Consultant: Alexander Cederroth (lighting design).
  • Area: 23 000 sqm
  • Time of completion: 2011
  • Client: Umeå University

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

A campus park should supply with a variety of designated places with the capacity to host informal discussions and exchange of ideas. It is in the open, non-hierarchical spaces, rather than in lecture auditoriums or at laboratory microscopes that the truly creative interaction between students, researchers and teachers occurs. The quality of the campus park thus enhances the attractiveness of the university as a whole.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

The new Campus Park at Umeå University consists of 23 000 sqm sun decks, jetties, open lawns, walking trails and terraces organized around an artificial lake. An island in the lake is the point of departure for a small archipelago with bridges leading to the southern shore. Here, the visitor meets a hilly landscape with sunny as well as shaded vales, interspersed by the white trunks of birch trees.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

In the Campus Park, promenades weave themselves forward between points of social interest. These vary in size and are sometimes larger and livelier, sometimes smaller and offering intimacy. The social spots are oriented in different directions, so that the visitor always can find an attractive place. The promenades are of two types, one winding, gravelled path with shifting vistas and lighting in low positions, and a wider, paved promenade which connects the entry points of the surrounding buildings.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

The Corso, which is the main artery of the park, connects the main restaurant Universum with the student’s union. The Corso runs on a bridge over the canyon-like affluent to the lake. Here, one finds an atmosphere almost exotic right in the Northern city of Umeå, shaded and narrow, and with a dense atmosphere along a trickling brook surrounded by large leafed vegetation.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

In front of the lively Student’s Union, an outdoor lounge is laid out in the direction facing the sun. The lounge is a series of gravelled terraces in fan-shape, each terrace having café furnishing and shaded by multi-stemmed trees. The new Campus Park is the result of a competition, held in 2007.

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

Image Courtesy © Thorbjörn Andersson + Sweco architects

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