Thursday, 17 June 2010

Top 10: Architecture of Stockholm

Oxenstierna’s Mansion (begun by Jean de la Vallée 1653, never completed) is one of the prime examples of Roman palatial architecture in Stockholm (the Royal Palace itself being another).

The House of the Nobility (begun 1641 by Simon de la Vallée, completed 1674 by Jean de la Vallée) is by many reckoned the most beautiful building in Stockholm.

The Hereditary Prince’s Palace (Erik Palmstedt, 1783-1794) was built for Princess Sophia Albertina and now houses the Foreign Ministry

The Eric Ericson Hall (Fredrik Blom, 1832-1842), the former Carl Johan Church (commonly known as “Skeppsholmskyrkan”), was inspired by Rome’s Pantheon and is one of the highlights of Swedish empire style.

The great hall of the Nordic Museum (Isak Gustaf Clason, 1889-1907) – a 19th century interpretation of Renaissance architecture

Rosenbad (Ferdinand Boberg, 1898-1902), the architect’s rather free interpretation of a Venetian mansion in art nouveau style, now houses the government’s offices

The City Hall (Ragnar Östberg, 1904-1923) has become somewhat of a signature of Stockholm

The City Library (Gunnar Asplund, 1920-1928) – Asplund’s masterpiece

Västerbron (Birger Borgström, David Dahl and Paul Hedqvist, 1931-1935) – “the Western Bridge”

The King’s Towers (Sven Wallander, 1919-1924, and Ivar Callmander, 1925) – Europe’s first “skyscrapers”, which were meant to transform Kungsgatan into the Swedish Broadway

1 comment:

  1. Great picture of the City Library! Absolutely a masterpiece - and something I have to visit the next time I am in Stockholm.



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