Pastel colors define Royal Institute of Art spaces in Stockholm

Norell/Rodhe designs new spaces for the institute after it had suffered a serious fire in 2016. The new project rethinks the hierarchies of the Swedish educational institution.

The interiors designed by Norell/Rodhe for the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm rethink contemporary art education, with spaces in which the hierarchies between teachers and students are eliminated, focusing on topics and disciplines.

The building in which the new spaces are housed was built in 1732 and over time has grown with different additions and stratifications. Architects use color in an elementary way to enhance this spatial variety, highlighting with pastel shades specific elements of the environment sequence, which are complemented by simple and mono-material furnishings.

Classrooms, ateliers, darkrooms, laboratories and spaces for audiovisual production flow together in disorderly fashion, with mobile elements such as curtains, panels and furniture used to reorganise spaces as needed.

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