The projects are shortlisted by a jury consisting of four members, appointed by the Academy of Architecture of the Swedish Association of Architects. The prize was founded in 1962 and is awarded to a recently completed building or group of buildings in Sweden at a grand ceremony, which this year takes place on Friday 8 November.
Umeå Art Museum was completed in 2012 and forms part of the new Arts Campus at Umeå University. The campus also comprises the Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute of Design and the new School of Architecture, also designed by Henning Larsen Architects. The museum presents international exhibitions on modern art and visual culture, focusing on architecture, photography and design. The building design, optimally adapting to the narrow site by introducing a tall tower of stacked exhibition halls – which provides a dynamic flow up through the exhibitions – is pointed out by the jury in the motivation for the shortlisting. The Art Museum was also shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award earlier this year.
Henning Larsen Architects has previously won the Kasper Salin Prize for Malmø City Library in 1997.