The contrast between the static and dynamic, light and dark, is the cornerstone of our design of the Umeå School of Architecture, situated on the east coast of Sweden, in the far north. From the outside, the school appears rational and rhythmical. Internally, there is a dynamic sequence of stairways, balconies, displaced levels and suspended rooms-within-rooms, in a bright and welcoming environment. The chaotic, self-propagated atrium is embraced by the drawing offices' simple, stringent design and the rhythmic window apertures along the facade. The School of Architecture is situated along the banks of the Umeå river. Ever-present nature is a source of eternal inspiration for the students, during both the summer and winter months.