Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

  • Letting the light back into Nationalmuseum. Photo: Urban Jörén
  • The basement floor will be lowered to create new visitor facilities. Photo: Urban Jörén
  • Covering the sections that require protection. Photo: Urban Jörén
  • Lifting the floor, installing new duct systems and relaying the floor. Photo: Urban Jörén
  • 12 meters of the Annexe were demolished to make room for the loading facility. Photo: Urban Jörén

The future is looking bright for art

Skanska has been awarded the prestigious project of renovating and refurbishing the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. The Nationalmuseum will reopen in 2018, and the public will once again be able to enjoy Northern Europe’s greatest art collection.

This is the first major renovation since the museum was inaugurated in 1866. A number of changes were made in the 1900s, but at the reopening, visitors will be greeted by a Nationalmuseum that, in many ways, has been restored to its original condition.

In the 1960s, the Annexe was added to the museum to make room for conservation studios. One of the two atriums was refurbished, and many of the windows were boarded up to protect the collections. The atrium and windows will now be opened up to allow light back into the building, and enhance the visitor experience. The new windows will protect the collections, and we will save a lot of energy.

The museum will also comply with the international standard for lending works of art. This includes requirements for the indoor climate, fire protection, safety, accessibility, the environment and logistics. Visitor facilities will also be expanded. Both artworks and visitors will benefit from these major improvements. A number of special solutions will be required in order to preserve the building’s heritage value while simultaneously meeting all demands for modern technology.

We are proceeding carefully throughout the entire construction process to protect the building, fresco paintings by Carl Larsson and other irreplaceable craftsmanship.