Naturum Vänerskärgården, Victoriahuset.
On the coastal band around Lake Vänern, close to the baroque Läckö Castle, a visitor centre with a low, sensitive profile is being created. ”Playful, teasing and poetic” is what the jury thought about White’s victorious proposals for the visitor centre Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset.
Over the years, White has been involved in opening up the door for visitors to national parks, nature reserves, biosphere areas and world heritage sites. Added to those, several of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Naturum visitor centres in various parts of Sweden.
The idea for Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset emerged from two separate requirements. First, a Naturum centre was needed to display to the general public the interesting coastal nature present on the Vänerskärgården archipelago. Second, the restaurant at Läckö Castle had long outgrown its premises and was in need of modernisation. The new facility would therefore contain an exhibition area as well as a restaurant and would be located adjacent to Läckö Castle.
The archipelago environment is reflected in the vertical ribs of the timber façade while the shape of the building hints at the sweeping movement and dramatic contrasts between light and shade so characteristic of the Baroque style. A generous timber deck surrounds the building, creating a usable space between outside and inside. A feeling of being very close to nature, further strengthened by the façade that has been fractured by large glazed sections looking out over the view of Vänern to the east. This is where the exhibition area is to be located, with its large open fire for chillier days. The building can be adapted quickly for different purposes. It should be possible for the exhibition area to grow and the restaurant shrink, and vice-versa.
Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset is being built and operated with the minimum possible impact on the natural world. This is architecture for a client called Nature.
Naturum Vänerskärgården, Victoriahuset
- Client: Statens fastighetsverk
- Project Start/End: 2009-2012
- Completed: 2013
- Area/Size: 840 m²
- City: Lidköping
- Photographer/Illustrator: Åke E:son Lindman
- Mattias Lind
- Ulla Antonsson
- Anna Graaf
- Andreas Laessker
- Agne Revellé
- Pär Andréasson
- Anders Åkeflo
- Moa Wendt
- Anika Meincke