The contrast between static and dynamic, light and dark design features is the cornerstone of Umeå School of Architecture, situated on the east coast in North Sweden. On the outside, the beautiful larch wood facade embeds the school in the Nordic context. The inside unfolds as a dynamic sequence of stairways, balconies, split levels, and suspended niches in a bright and welcoming environment. The vibrant atrium is embraced by the simple, stringent design of the classrooms and the rhythmic sequence of windows along the facade. The School of Architecture is situated along the banks of Umeå River. The ever-present natural scenery serves as a unique source of inspiration for the students all year round.