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 beautiful larch wood façade embeds the school in the Nordic nature. Internally, there is a dynamic sequence of stairways, balconies, shifted levels and suspended rooms-within-rooms, in a bright and welcoming environment. The vibrant, dynamic atrium is embraced by the simple, stringent design of the large, airy classrooms 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 inspiration for the students, during both the summer and winter months.