5 must-see buildings from the 20th century
1) The City Hall
This is not much of a hidden secret. In fact, it is probably the most famous silhouette in Stockholm, but still, you should really visit Stockholm’s City Hall. The beautiful brick building by Ragnar Östberg was completed in 1923 and is one of the country’s most prominent examples of National Romanticism in architecture.
2) The City Library
Stockholm’s public library, which was founded in 1928, is one of the capital’s most spectacular structures. The distinctive exterior with its circular rotunda has become an iconic landmark and a great example of a style called Swedish Grace. Architect Gunnar Asplund, however, also put a lot of effort into the interior, so make sure to step inside.
3) Stockholm Concert Hall
Another architectural masterpiece is Stockholm’s Concert Hall. Inaugurated in 1926, this magnificent neoclassical building was designed by Ivar Tengbom for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and to host the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Take a guided tour or visit the foyers, which normally open one hour before concerts begin.
4) Ericsson Globe
The world’s largest spherical building is located to the south of Stockholm’s City. Since its inauguration in 1989, it has hosted a variety of sports events and concerts. If you are interested in a spectacular view of southern Stockholm you can take a ride in one of the glass gondolas that run along the outside of the Ericsson Globe(n).
5) Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Envisioned as a space that could accommodate all art forms, this modernist concrete building with its glass façade, facing Stockholm’s most famous public square, was designed in 1974 by the radical post-war architect Peter Celsing. It was built at a time when the city’s centre was ravaged by demolition as part of an urban renewal project.
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