Functionalism in a new light

Published: 2 April 2015

At the exhibition Functionalism in a new light at Norrbottens Museum a dozen proposals for the redevelopment and extension of the New Museum's main building built in 1936 are presented. The proposals are developed by students of the MSc program in architecture at Luleå University of Technology.

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Classic functionalism. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

–  We try as often as possible to work in realistic projects in our courses, ie with current issues related to urban design, says Jennie Sjöholm, graduate student in architecture at Luleå University of Technology and with MA in Conservation of Built Environments.

Functionalism was an innovative and radical style in architecture in 1920 and 1930s. The Stockholm Exhibition 1930 is widely regarded as the breakthrough of the functionalist style in Sweden.

Not all associate Norrbottens Museum with this style but the fact is that the house is built in the early functionalist style.

–  It may not be the clearest example of classical functionalism, there are also elements of neoclassicism in the building, said Tomas Örn, doctoral student in architecture at Luleå University.

The museum has seen rising visitor numbers in recent years and an expansion is planned but not yet funded.

–  We have more visits depending on more and better exhibits, many with conteporary content, says Jan-Erik Lundström, Head at the Museum.

The exhibition is open April 1 to May 5 2015th

Norrbottens museum

Educations within Attractive built environment

Hans Walloschke

Walloschke, Hans - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492076
Room: F235A - Luleå»
Jennie Sjöholm

Sjöholm, Jennie - Associate Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Architecture, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491849
Room: F136 - Luleå»