ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship.
Our mission is to increase knowledge of and cultivate debate about how architecture and design affect our lives as citizens. Sweden is in the middle of an unprecedented building boom, one that will define its towns and cities for decades to come. The work of ArkDes aims to influence this change through debate, exhibitions, campaigns and research relating to Swedish and international architecture and design. We aim to put the citizens at the centre of the debate and look at the world through their eyes.
What we do
ArkDes aims to achieve its mission through exhibitions, events and debates at the museum and across the country, through our education programmes, and through making our world class collection and library available to researchers and scholars. We also take part in a variety of international curatorial and research projects and networks. As well as its museum functions, ArkDes has a special role from the government that aims to help positively affect architectural quality in Sweden. This is known as the Mötesplats – a meeting place for debate and research about architecture and urbanism in Sweden. ArkDes is an active collecting institution, focussed on Swedish modern and contemporary architecture, and maintains, catalogues, conserves and exhibits a collection of around 4 million objects.
What is design?
Design at every scale defines our experience of where we live and spend time. Today, we are as likely to see the world through a digital interface as through a view framed by a work of architecture. ArkDes aims to bring together the many fields of design that will define the future of our towns and cities, including (but not limited to) urbanism, architecture, landscape design, product design, the many fields of design emerging from the digital world. No single creative discipline will define the future of our towns and cities. In our work, we want to focus always on the public impacts of a broad range of creative people, using their work to help our audiences to better understand their world.