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Architecture municipality Karlstad

Karl­stad is the Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and thus takes first pla­ce for the third year in a row. The Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year award high­lights the muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es that manage to com­bi­ne good con­di­tions for deve­lo­ping archi­tectu­re with mana­ging the housing sup­p­ly and ambi­tions to redu­ce cli­ma­te impact.

Karl­stad is Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and has thus won the award three years in a row. The suc­ces­ses are explai­ned by a very good judg­ment from the archi­tects’ asso­ci­a­tion, whi­le Karl­stad is in a good posi­tion in terms of con­struc­tion pace, rou­ti­nes and legal compliance.

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Värmlands Museum

The muse­um is housed in two buil­dings whe­re the oldest was built in 1929, desig­ned by Cyr­il­lus Johans­son. The newer muse­um buil­ding was com­ple­ted in 1998 and is con­nec­ted to the old one by a gla­zed pas­sage. The archi­tect behind the new red hep­ta­go­nal buil­ding is Carl Nyrén. Sand­grundsud­den is also a fan­tastic excur­sion des­ti­na­tion in itself with the muse­um park’s lar­ge green are­as, a lovely playground, the City Lib­ra­ry and two museums wit­hin wal­king distance.

New ope­ning at Värm­lands Museum
On June 1, 2019, Värm­lands Muse­um reo­pened after an exten­si­ve reno­va­tion. The museum’s visi­tors can now enjoy com­ple­tely new exhi­bi­tions, cre­a­ti­ve works­hop, child­ren’s exhi­bi­tion, futu­re lab, shop, audi­to­ri­um, restau­rant and café.

10,000 years of Värm­land history
Värm­lands­liv is an exhi­bi­tion about people’s lives in the lands­cape over 10,000 years. Star­ting from today’s Värm­land, we move through histo­ry. We tell about peop­le who lived in dif­fe­rent times and with dif­fe­rent con­di­tions. The exhi­bi­tion shows objects, pho­to­grap­hs and works of art from the Värm­lands Museum’s col­lec­tion. Many of them have never been shown befo­re. The­re are swords from the Midd­le Ages, Sto­ne Age axes, exqui­si­te crafts­mans­hip from the 18th cen­tu­ry and much, much more.

Let the child­ren fan­ta­si­ze fre­ely in the new play exhibition
In the new play­room you can meet Ing­er and Las­se Sand­ber­g’s many figu­res and sto­ri­es. Bake a cake with Litt­le Anna, watch as Pow­der fix­es fish, visit Gomor­ron­sol Cast­le with Laban the Ghost and peek into Long Uncle’s hat. Both child­ren and adults also have a pla­ce in Tum­mens’ cozy rea­ding corner.

Dining expe­ri­ences and gift shop
As food is also part of the cul­tu­re, the restau­rant Mat­bru­ket is loca­ted in the newly built restau­rant sec­tion when you feel like somet­hing to eat. The­re you can easily indul­ge in eve­ryt­hing from a smooth cup of cof­fee to an exci­ting feast. In the very popu­lar muse­um shop you will find, among other things, Värm­land han­dicrafts, books, fun gad­gets and lots of fun for the children.

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Sandgrund Lars Lerin

The histo­ric dan­ce restau­rant Sand­grund has become home to the artist Lars Lerin’s paintings.

The popu­lar artist has recei­ved inqui­ri­es from many quar­ters, but took a liking to the Sand­grunds buil­ding, which is loca­ted in the midd­le of a cul­tural strip, clo­se to the cen­ter and in a beau­ti­ful natu­ral envi­ron­ment. The art gal­le­ry is next to the Värm­lands Muse­um and the Sand­grundspar­ken and here the­re is a shop with a range of post­cards, pos­ters and books that can only be found at the art gal­le­ry. The­re is also a café that is open eve­ry day when the art gal­le­ry is open and in sum­mer an out­do­or ter­ra­ce with a beau­ti­ful view of the Klarälven.

Lars Lerin was born in 1954 in Munk­fors. He stu­di­ed at Ger­les­borgs­sko­lan 1974–75 and at Valand Aca­de­my of Art in Gothen­burg 1980–84. Lars Lerin is con­si­de­red one of the Nor­dic regi­on’s fore­most water­co­lo­rists and has exhi­bi­ted in both col­lecti­ve and indi­vi­du­al exhi­bi­tions at gal­le­ri­es and museums in Swe­den, Den­mark, Fin­land, Fran­ce, the Faroe Islands, Ice­land, Nor­way, Ger­ma­ny, the USA. Is repre­sen­ted in muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es, county councils and museums in both Swe­den and Norway.

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Gamla Kraftstation i Deje

Spectacu­lar indust­ri­al buil­ding from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry which is now a cul­tural mee­ting pla­ce for art and music or just a cof­fee bre­ak in a dif­fe­rent environment.

Next to the roa­ring Deje­for­sen in Kla­räl­ven is the Old Power Sta­tion from the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. The indust­ri­al roman­tic buil­ding is today a fasci­na­ting cul­tural are­na with 11 meter high ceilings and much of the ori­gi­nal inte­ri­or remai­ning. The uni­que art gal­le­ry is in the cen­ter and here a lot of cur­rent con­tem­po­ra­ry art is dis­play­ed. You expe­ri­ence exhi­bi­tions with both bre­ad­th and depth in vari­ous tech­ni­ques and expres­sions of both established artists and new talents.

In the orga­nic Culi­na­rum Café, Värm­land fla­vors are ser­ved, baked and pre­pa­red accor­ding to the sea­son and based on the con­cept of rustic with fines­se. During the sum­mer you can enjoy food, wine, cof­fee and ice cream in the lush gar­den that over­looks the mag­ni­fi­cent Klarälven.

At regu­lar inter­vals, musi­cal events are orga­ni­zed through the ven­tu­re The Gam­la Kraft­sta­tio­nen Music Club. For tho­se who want to cre­a­te in a cre­a­ti­ve envi­ron­ment, the­re is the Makersta­tion whe­re, from time to time, lea­der-led works­hops and cour­ses are offe­red. In the small shop, you can always buy your own Make your own kit and cre­a­te on your own — here on site or to take home. The shop also offers fine pro­ducts such as teas, honey, jam, choco­la­te, books, arts and crafts, etc.