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Ugly Nobel

 

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Sometimes coincidences are sweet. This building shone from far away as a beacon into the general good taste of Stockholm. And guess what when I reached closer I was happily surprised that Alfred Nobel (or his delegates) have had a taste for the ugly as well. I am not as lonely as I thought.

From far away you could see how this building slaps you in the face with its non-conformism, its plainness…. Next to a beautiful park, side by side with some typically beautiful Swedish buildings, it will comfort you by constantly reminding you of its existence.

Constructed between 1924 and 1926 by the architect Ragnar Hjorth, it was designed in the style of Nordic classicism. In this case it is basically a prison building. Looking at the wikipedia entry on that style, I must say that this building is the blazing glory of this style.

Address : Nobelstiftelsen, 14 Sturegatan, 11436 Stockholm, Sweden

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