Gallery Orsta (Kumla,Sweden)
The new gallery building creates a ‘hamlet’ with the adjacent old farmhouses and the owners’ house, together representing three centuries of building tradition. Positioned on top of an artificial hill, as a buffer to the site’s moist soil, the base of the building follows the hill’s topology. The resulting series of curves at the building’s base, combined with mirroring curves in the rooflines, makes the planar facades seem curved – a bit like ‘cinemascope’ screens.
Custom made benches made from solid blocks of wood, designed to follow the curved profiles of the building were designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune were designed for the project.
The success of the benches and the project has led to the benches being included in the Mabeo product line.