Gothenburg Museum of Art

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Function: Art management, Art storages, Cafe, Event spaces, Exhibition galleries, Multifunctional spaces, Offices
Size: 14450 m2
Status: 2022-2023, Competition entry
Client: City of Gothenburg, Higap
Scope: Architecture, Concept, Exhibition design, Museography, Restoration, Urban design
Design team: JKMM Architects: Samuli Miettinen, Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu kurkela, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Gregor Turnšek, Freja Ståhlberg-Aalto, Matus Pajor, Kimmo Kirvesmäki, Valtteri Sipiläinen; Strategisk Arkitektur: Matthew Eastwood, Johanna Munck; Visuals: Marko Pulli, Poiu Oy and Ramka Co

In the international invited competition of Gothenburg Museum of Art, JKMM collaborated with Strategisk Arkitektur. Their design proposal, named ‘Etos’, was selected among the top 6. The idea aims to create a timeless space that fosters a unique art experience, a destination with a distinct identity for encounters and reflections. The main goal is to establish the Gothenburg Museum of Art as a noteworthy representative among both national and international art institutions.

The design approach takes on an archaeological expression, extracting the essence of the museum through architectural means. By excavating the plinth of the annex building, the design creates archaic spatial conditions. Through the integration of old and new, a fundamental spatial expression is created. For furute generations, the old museum building keeps its character as a heritage landmark, and the new museum annex transforms the museum complex to a significant cultural destination. The museum enriches daily urban life through its robust architectural presence.

The proposal marks the transition between Götaplatsen’s urban square and Lorenberg’s villa town’s intimate character by shaping the museum’s natural form to align with its desired existence. Subtle adaptation of building masses into the site’s terrain takes into consideration the interplay of function and form. The annex honors the culturally signifacant context; traditions and history are kept alive by the development of the institution.

© Ramka
© Ramka
© Ramka