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Ugly Sergelstorg : Using Hay to Scrape the Sky


Sergelstorg is the heart of Stockholm Sweden, and is next to Slussen often subject to speculations of its ugliness. The neighbourhood was apparently home to beautiful small buildings, and was demolished to create a business centre. The main focus of criticism has often been the Cultur centre located there (Kuturhuset), but I have decided to focalize on these abominations.

Following suggestions of some friends I will try and add architecture history for the buildings I add. Lo and behold, the building were made by 5 different architects, each dwarfing the buildings with their unique personality! The architects are (Based on the building numbers):

  1. David Helldén (1960)
  2. Anders Tengbom (1962)
  3. Sven Markelius (1962)
  4. Lars-Erik Lallerstedt (1962)
  5. Backström & Reinius (1966)

We salute you all!

We can seriously thank David Héllden for having 5 of these buildings instead of for because as he put it: “You give a woman a bouquet of 5 roses not 4!”. So there you have it folks 5 flowers to crown Ugly City Guide. For more information you can see the Wikipedia entry about these buildings.

Address : Hötorgsskrapan 5, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden

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