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Three students sitting on a bench with Näckrosdammen and the building Humanisten behind them.
The university’s students and staff comprise almost one tenth of Gothenburg’s residents. Our premises are found in central locations in Gothenburg, and we want them to serve as meeting places where academia and society can interact.
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We are building for the future

The University of Gothenburg is in the midst of unique development work when it comes to its premises. Together with our property owners, we are building for the research and education of the future and contributing to the development of Gothenburg as a city of knowledge.

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Kanozi arkitekter/Råformat


The Natrium building at Campus Medicinareberget will enable some 3,000 students and 500–600 staff within the Faculty of Science to gather in the same place. The research and education to be pursued here will primarily encompass biology, environmental science, chemistry, molecular biology and marine sciences.

The premises will house advanced lab environments, teaching facilities and offices and will be comprised of two seven-storey buildings with a smaller wing connecting the two. At its centre, Natrium will have a lightwell, an atrium that will comprise a central meeting place for students and staff. The premises will have a flexible design, enabling them to be adapted to future needs.

The building and its location directly adjacent to Sahlgrenska Academy's premises in Medicinarelängan will provide greater opportunities to develop research and education within life science and new opportunities for research collaborations.


About Natrium

  • Planned occupancy 2023.
  • Usable floor area of 28,000 square metres.
  • Interior designer Link arkitektur.
  • Architect Kanozi Arkitekter.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

Proximity to our colleagues at Sahlgrenska Academy is a major advantage that will provide better conditions for solving future challenges together. Gothenburg is to be a preferred choice for future students and researchers.

Göran Hilmersson, dean at Faculty of Science

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Johannes Norlander arkitektur

School of Business, Economics and Law

Vasagatan 1 will be the site of a new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law. The building will enable the faculty to expand and develop its research within economics and law. One of the entrances to the new West Link station will also be integrated with the building.

The new building will enable the entire School of Business, Economics and Law to gather at a single address. There will be space for growing research activities, new approaches to teaching and rewarding meetings between different stakeholders. The aim is to create a physical learning environment at the international forefront, a place where research and education can evolve to meet society’s needs and where staff and students can thrive and enjoy coming to work.

The new building will encompass about 10,800 square metres of gross floor area, spread over eight storeys and a basement. It will house a new main entrance, two lecture halls, student service, student workstations, a café and offices. As part of Akademiska Hus’ sustainability work, materials with high climate impact, such as marble floors, limestone façades and granite blocks, are reclaimed to be reused in other construction projects. As an example, the marble floor from the old building will be used for a skyway in the new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law.

In conjunction with the project, the student union at the School of Business, Economics and Law has been provided with new premises for its administration, management and student associations, as well as for a new student pub. The premises for internal service have also been remodelled.


About the new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law

  • A rental agreement between the University of Gothenburg and Akademiska Hus was drawn up in 2021.
  • Planned occupancy 2025. The West Link will come into service in 2026.
  • Usable floor area of about 10,000 square metres, comprising 9,000 sq m new build and 1,000 sq m remodelling.
  • Programme architect AIX.
  • Architect Johannes Norlander Arkitektur.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

The new building will strengthen the ability of the School of Business, Economics and Law to be an open place for creative dialogues that contribute to the development of ground-breaking knowledge. This will secure a basic prerequisite for our continued development as an increasingly stronger academic institution in harmony with surrounding society.

Per Cramér, dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law

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The Faculty of Humanities moved into its new building in December 2019. The new building has been designed around the idea that interaction forms the basis of learning.

The building enables the entire Faculty of Humanities to be gathered under one roof. Centrally located in the building is a communal area comprised of terraced seating with a stage, which is used for presentations and as a meeting place. Humanisten is also home to innovative case classrooms for interactive teaching and a black box. Architecturally, the design has been inspired by the 1923 Gothenburg Tercentennial Jubilee Exposition.

The new Humanisten is an important part of the development of the university’s Campus Näckrosen and is the first construction project to reach completion in the area. Campus Näckrosen’s central location between Korsvägen and Götaplatsen offers ideal conditions for creating meeting places for students, researchers and Gothenburg’s residents.


About the new Humanisten

  • The faculty moved in on 1 December 2019.
  • Usable floor area of about 16,600 sq m new build and 19,400 sq m remodelling (incl. Språkskrapan).
  • Interior designer Link arkitekter.
  • Architect Kub arkitekter.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

The building opens the way for many opportunities for public events, collaborations with other stakeholders and collaborations with cultural life. I hope that this will become a gathering place for Gothenburg’s residents.

Marie Demker, dean at Faculty of Humanitites

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Tham & Videgård

New building for the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

The University of Gothenburg and Akademiska Hus are looking into the possibility of remodelling and extending the Artisten building that currently houses the Academy of Music and Drama. The aim in the longer term is to gather the entire Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts under one roof. Moreover, the western entrance to the West Link’s Korsvägen Station will be integrated with the new building.

To enable the construction, a number of existing buildings need to be demolished and a multi-storey car park needs to be appropriated. The City of Gothenburg is looking into whether this is possible in its urban development planning work.

Gathering the entire Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts in thought, space and action will strengthen the opportunities for students and staff to make the most of the unique academic and artistic breadth found within the faculty. The aim is an integrated faculty for all art forms.

About the new building for the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

  • Studies and planning under way. The City of Gothenburg is working on its new urban development plan in parallel.
  • Planned occupancy in stages 2024–2026.
  • Usable floor area of 28,000 square metres (preliminary).
  • Programme architect Nyréns.
  • Architect Tham & Videgård.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

I am very much looking forward to the opportunities that the new building will offer our teaching and research environment. The premises will be tailored to our needs and our vision, and our building will be more open to the city. We will become an important part of a bigger picture.

Sanne Kofod Olsen, dean at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

Photo: Akademiska Hus

New university library

There are plans for a new university library in the heart of Campus Näckrosen – a meeting place for learning, research and creative collaborations. It is to house the existing Humanities Library, Arts Library and Music and Drama Library.

The university library needs new premises for the continued development of its modern library facilities with effective study environments for students and researchers combining convenient access to printed books, collections and digital material. To save space and optimise book handling, an automated system will be used to store books. The aim is to create a creative meeting place for academia and society.

In the spring of 2019, property owner Akademiska Hus announced an architectural competition in three stages to attract design proposals for a new building that utilises the unique location in central Gothenburg and meets the university library’s need for new premises. The competition will close in 2021.


About the new university library

  • Architectural competition announced in May 2019. The City of Gothenburg is working on its new urban development plan in parallel.
  • Usable floor area of about 12,000 square metres.
  • Architect to be decided.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

A shared university library for the humanities and the arts is an important part of the exciting and creative centre emerging at Campus Näckrosen, and it will also contribute to the development of Gothenburg as a city of culture and knowledge.