Naturum Vänerskärgården

Naturum Vänerskärgården

Naturum Vänerskärgården Victoriahuset is a visitor centre that was built to remind people of the riches of Europe’s largest freshwater archipelago. Across the bay shines the baroque grandeur of Läckö Castle, attracting a large number of visitors every year.

Modern ornateness

On the shores of Lake Vänern within the Djurö National Park, the visitor centre is designed to defer to its royal counterpart, letting the castle take centre stage. Instead of planting a clearly defined volume on the water’s edge, the visitor pavilion blends into the knotty pines. The rhythm of the vertical ribs on the timber façade reflects the archipelago’s vegetation; its trees and reeds; while serving as a modest ornament to emphasise the movement in the contours of the building. Contrasts between light and shade further reference the Baroque influences of the nearby castle.

Client: Statens Fastighetsverk
Location: Lidköping, Sweden
Status: Completed 2013
Area: 1200 sqm
Cost: approx. 43 million SEK
Visuals: Åke E:son Lindman

Naturum Vänerskärgården Victoriahuset is a low impact building, wholly in tune with its environment.

The pavilion’s large glazed sections that face the east of Vänern immerse visitors within nature. This area houses the main exhibition space, furnished with a large open fire for chillier days. A generous timber deck surrounds the building, creating an additional space for play or reflection, and further strengthening the connection between indoors and out.

“Playful, teasing and poetic”
Swedish National Property Board (SFV)

Contact & Team

Anna Graaf

Andreas Laessker

Andreas Laessker

Anders Åkeflo

Moa Wendt

Moa Wendt

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