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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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Stockholm | Redevelopment of Norrmalm

Me and a few other have touched on this in other topics, but imo it deserved its own international thread. Some will be reposts from Boscorelli's excellent Old Stockholm pictures thread in the Swedish subforum. I'll try to do both 'then' and 'now' of each location.

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Norrmalm is the area north of Stockholm's Old Town and was first mentioned in the late 13th century. The Vorstadt rose to prominence with the introduction of railway in Sweden, since Old Town was too small and crowded to house a railway station. Norrmalm soon became incredibly fashionable and 1870s and 1880s most of the 18th century houses were demolished to create wider streets.

During the late 1920s the debate sparked up once again, due to several factors;
*Increased traffic.
*Lack of office space
*Neglect and slumish tenements.

During the following decades several 'solutions' were proposed, most notably Le Corbusier's suggestion to turn all of Old Town into a park and more or less demolishing the rest of Stockholm to build detached highrises..

Anyway, what was finally decided on in the 1960s was basically to demolish most of Norrmalm and create several autostradas through Stockholm (most of which thankfully were never built).

Sadly, the politicians highly overestimated the corporations' willingness to build new offices and many demolished plots were left vacant fo years, and when they were filled they were filled with cheap buildings without much, if any, architectural vision.

Today the disctrict is almost deserted at night since very few residential buildings were spared.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #2
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Here we go;

The district, also known as the Klara quarters since most of it was located in Saint Klara's parish, from above:


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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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Let's start with Vasagatan. For those of you who've been to Stockholm it's the street just outside the Central station.

Hotel Continental

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Thankfully they're demolishing this piece of crap now. Not to rebuild, but anything is better.

Vasagatan/Herkulesgatan

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Herkulesgatan and Vattugatan are extensions of one of the autostradas that was actually built.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:56 PM   #4
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Hamngatan is the street between Sergels torg and the Royal Dramatic Theatre at Nybroplan.

Looking east down Hamngatan:

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As you can see the street was leveled and widened.

Some of the buildings on Hamngatan that were lost:
The Blanche Theater

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The Sagerska houses

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Davidsonska huset, at the corner of Hamngatan/Kungsträdgårdsgatan, it's facing Kungsträdgårdsgatan.

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Sidenhuset. An upscale department store.

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I'll post some more tomorrow.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #5
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Do yall mind if I move this to the Urban Renewal Forum? If you want it to stay in the Arch forums then that is fine too.
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The mindless destruction.

Only to be replaced with structures devoid of humanity.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #7
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The redevelopment of Sergels torg is such a disaster. You tried to make a Hausmann and got a Robert Moses instead. They razed a great portion of old baroque neighbourhood in order to widen the streets to cars in order to solve the bottleneck, but forget the respect for the historic building. But do what do I know, I have never been there...
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Old May 12th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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Do yall mind if I move this to the Urban Renewal Forum? If you want it to stay in the Arch forums then that is fine too.
Is there also an urban destruction forum?
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Old July 15th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #9
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Pasting a post by myself from the Swedish thread.

Brunkebergstorg lies just south of the end of Hamngatan and what today is known as Sergels torg. During the 19th century it was one of Stockholm's commercial centres lined with fashionable boutiques and buildings. Folckerska huset on Brunkebergstorg was the first house in Stockholm with running water. During the early 20th century Brunkebergstorg's glory faded somewhat as the boutiques and offices moved north and the rich and wealthy east while the state telephone company moved in.

North side of Brunkebergstorg, 1945

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Northeast side of Brunkebergstorg, 1967

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East side of Brunkebergstorg, 1967

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Brunkebergspumpen, 1952

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North side of Brunkebergstorg with Brunkebergspumpen in the foreground, 1899

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Today not a single one of the buildings seen above remains.

Facing north

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Head office of Sweden's central bank, north side

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Office building, west side

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Hotel, west side

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Swedbank head office, east side

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P.S: maybe this should be moved to European classic architecture where all the other threads regarding lost heritage are located?
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