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Old December 7th, 2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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Some of sweden's commiblocks

Here are som swedish commieblocks, I think that all of them are built during the era of the "Miljonprogrammet".


Göteborg

Hammarkullen





Frölunda



Kortedala


Stockholm

Bredäng



Hagalund - nicknamed Blåkulla (Bluehill)





Sollentuna




Fittja





Well, that's enough for now. I'll probably come back with more pictures.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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I am surprised the ones in Hungary and Slovakia don't look any worse than the ones shown over here.

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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #3
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exactly its looks like maybe same company build them1 :-0
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Old December 8th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #4
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:33 PM   #5
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Actually those commie blocks look good to me, they have like a "modern feel"
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Old December 25th, 2006, 01:59 PM   #6
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Really nice views! Bluehill seems to be a nice and modern "big city feeling" place. I really like that Stockholm has something like a Bluehill with blockbuildings, blue is my favourite colour also. I recently bought an old 1996 Antiloop album "LP" which has a track called Lidingö Hills 909303. Does that point to an area (with the postal (zip-)code 909303)? Is it near Stockholm? Are there any blockbuildings in that area? This track is a hardbeat technoish dance track and if there were some blockbuildings in the area then thay suit together very well...
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Old December 25th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #7
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I recently bought an old 1996 Antiloop album "LP" which has a track called Lidingö Hills 909303. Does that point to an area (with the postal (zip-)code 909303)? Is it near Stockholm? Are there any blockbuildings in that area? This track is a hardbeat technoish dance track and if there were some blockbuildings in the area then thay suit together very well...
It might be Larsberg in Lidingö county. It's easy to spot them when arriving from Helsinki or Tallinn:

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It's probably the best-looking commieblock development I've ever seen. So massive, but very human-friendly and well-maintained.

Some more commieblock from Stockholm:

Hagsätra:


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Old December 25th, 2006, 05:01 PM   #8
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Very nice, especially these last three!
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Old December 27th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #9
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Some more commieblocks

These ones are one of my favorites because of their unusual star shape.
They are situated in Bergsjön just outside Göteborg.







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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #10
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I see that [email protected] visited my suburb! Nice! =)
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Flogsta, western Uppsala, Sweden

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I am a bit surprised!!!!I did not expect this! It looks very EE … almost no difference. I thought "we" had no choice but to built them. But in Sweden?!?!?!? I expected a bit more architectural features … I mean, I come from a small town North of Romania … this is my street … no difference almost ...
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Old February 25th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #13
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This is really MASSIVE...16 storeys and quite long....
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Another look at Bluehill in the Stockholm suburb of Solna.



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I am a bit surprised!!!!I did not expect this! It looks very EE … almost no difference. I thought "we" had no choice but to built them. But in Sweden?!?!?!? I expected a bit more architectural features … I mean, I come from a small town North of Romania … this is my street … no difference almost ...
I think the real difference reveals in real life better than in SSC photo threads - despite the "Soviet-like" appearance these commies have excellent warming, well maintained infrastructure and roomy, clean apartments where it's possible to take one hour long hot showers daily. So, living standards are still substantially higher in Swedish commieblocks than in Eastern European ones.

I'm not sure about Sweden, but at least here this type of concrete blocks were actually really trendy and beloved places to live in the 60's and 70's. Later many of them got really bad reputation though.
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Living standards are better in Swedish commideblocks than in EE commieblocks, because there has been more money to repair them...
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Living standards are better in Swedish commideblocks than in EE commieblocks, because there has been more money to repair them...
I think the quality of those commieblocks in Sweden (and in the other Nordics) has been pretty good from the very start. Although they tend to look harsh, inside they are top quality.
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I think the quality of those commieblocks in Sweden (and in the other Nordics) has been pretty good from the very start. Although they tend to look harsh, inside they are top quality.
And what would it be, that made the Swedish commieblocks better when they were new, than EE ones? I'm just being curious.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #19
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In Vienna, I think Grossfeldsiedlung is as close as you could come a "true" commie block area.



Could not find a better picture, but there are some seventeen stories high buildings in the background built in the early 70´s.

But still, many of the Swedish commie blocks look prety awful. Even smaller Swedish towns and cities have some of these buildings, often in a worse condition than those shown here because the municipality don´t have money to maintain them.

Btw, do you have any pictures of Rosengård and/or Fosie, now when we´re in for Swedish commie blocks?
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I think the quality of those commieblocks in Sweden (and in the other Nordics) has been pretty good from the very start. Although they tend to look harsh, inside they are top quality.
This is such a ludicrous statement I don't know where to begin! The quality of Swedish commieblocks is NOWHERE NEAR "top". Small rooms with low ceilings, extremely cheap materials, ugly as hell green areas with sloppy paving(asphalt basically poured on the ground without any landscaping efforts)and everywhere the same, ugly bushes(chosen to require very little care, and generally recieved none at all). They were popular only a short time, and only among half-mad socialists.

Unfortunately for us Swedes, half-mad(and often completely insane) socialists ruled Sweden most of the post-war era, which meant that even their shortlived popularity was disastrous. To these politicians, commiblocks represented the height of modernity, and since they were obsessed with the modern, they carried out a Swedish cultural revolution that just like the Chinese one for ever destroyed much of the culturally valuable buildings of the country.

In Germany most cities of any significance were reduced to rubble in the war, so the depressing lack of pre-WW2 buildings is not the fault of the germans. Sweden stayed out of the war, but instead we ourselves bombed away countless 18th, 19th and early 20th century buldings in the city centres to make room for commieblock-like appartement complexes, department stores and car parks. This was done in addition to littering the outskirts of the cities with ugly residential "true" commieblocks. And as Grotlaufen said, this is true for smaller communities as well, in many small municipalities there are endless areas of derelict 3-4 storied commieblocks noone wants to live in.

http://jan.jornmark.se/places_intro....aceid=88&lang=

http://jan.jornmark.se/places_intro....aceid=29&lang=

http://jan.jornmark.se/places_intro....aceid=45&lang=


Swedish artist Gösta Gierow has witten in his book "Trähus i Tallinn"(Wooden houses in Tallin) the following on Swedish socialist commieblock-madness:

"The economically prosperous period in my country, the decades following the second world war, were for the wooden houses like one long bomb-night. Whole areas around Stockholm and Gothenburg were obliterated and many smaller cities were mutilated and moulded in trivial conformity. Today, some decades have passed. We have awakened, we rub our eyes and ask ourselves: What have we done?

About the wooden house areas outside of the Tallinn medieval city walls could be said: Each house is a letter, every row of houses a sentence and each area a connected story, a visualisation of Estonia's and Tallinn's history during the last hundred years. A letter may be missing here and there, but it does not reduce the legibility to any large extent. Sometimes, a word is missing and one has to start guessing. But if complete sentances disappear it is worse; the meaning becomes obscured and hart to interpret. And should in the end only a few letters remain, then there is no story anymore. Then the people have been deprived of their possibilities - their rights! - to read the past, to see their history"

I agree completely!


After reading this forum and seen pictures posted, and after seen many EE commieblocks myself during travels in the baltics, I can conclude that the typical Swedish commieblock is at least as ugly as the EE ones - in many cases uglier because commieblocks generally look better when they are large and in many Swedish small towns there are millions of small commieblocks of 3-5 stories.

The Swedish government paid close to 100 million € in subsidies to municipal property managers because they were making huge losses in the early 90's when people fled their disgusting commieblocks! Now in the coming years the municipal companies will have to beg for even more government handouts since there will be a wave of commieblocks built in the 60's and 70's which desperately need renovation.

I want to point out though, that not all buildings which were part of the miljonprogrammet(a mad zerg-rush like effort by the socialists to build a million appartments as fast as possible) are ugly, as can be seen in Jape's first and Muchobra's second post. BUT, most of them are so ugly it's sickening. See the first three pictures in the thread (Hammarkullen), the one from Kortedala and the ones from Fittja. Pure evil.

Ps. When Mr Gierow wrote(or rather drawed) his book, many of the wooden houses were in the process of being demolished. Since my last visit to Estonia was several years ago, I know little of their fate. Could any of the estonians here enlighten me?
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