2006-02-21

Architecture: A Stockholm landmark is gone!



Rotundan, Norra Bantorget, built 1938-40, architect Holger Blom



No there wasn't a fire, they tore it down! When will they ever learn!

13 comments:

josephzohn said...

.. when will they ever learn,
when will they eeever learn ...
När hände det här?

P-E Fronning said...

Yes, when?!!
I torsdags tydligen:( Rubriken är länkad...

RYP said...

das ist ein Jammer! schönes Gebäude! aber wäre es besser, Rotundan wäre heute ein jeans shop?

christoph

josephzohn said...

Trist!
Inte rubriken var länkad ...
En klottrares ord lyser fint "Käfta emot"!

RYP said...

i need translation, maybe in english - you too?

P-E Fronning said...

Christoph: No, no jeans shop:) They are gonna build some kind of apartment building on the site:( The building was erected as a tram hub with ticket sales and such. OK, we haven't had trams for many decades in Stockholm, but that gives it even more of cultural-historic interest, I think. Also it's a good architectural example of the modernist style we in Sweden call "funkis" (funktionalism). It's sad when the politicians don't get it. When it's gone it's gone.

Mr J: Bra klotter för en gångs skull!

RYP said...

in germany we have the same word "Funktionalität" (funktionalism). i agree it's a shame. but the true criminals are not the politicians, they're the moneymakers. it's too expensive to restore - it's cheaper to build a new SHITTY one. the culture goes via nirvana!

Bruno af Brumme said...

Kan upplysa om att det nu är ännu värre än vad som framggår av bilden. Det som nu finns på platsen är ett stort hål.

P-E Fronning said...

christoph: The style is definitely related to the Bauhaus-movement and the other modernist movements of the 20s and 30s...
I'm not sure who's to blame but I'm sure the politicians could've stopped it if they had the will...

Mr af Brumme informs us that there is but a hole (butthole) left now... :-(

Bonikowski said...

http://bonikowski.blogspot.com/2006/02/stockholms-hller-p-att-rivas.html

P-E Fronning said...

Tack för bilderna! Jag sörjer iofs inte "muttern" men...

space debris said...

similar examples abound here in Brussels. Oh it's sad - walking in this city I'm nostalgic for the seedy ruins of my childhood - they were ruins and they were seedy but they were AUTHENTIC. Much of that is gone now.
On a positive note : this one just got renovated and is in the spotlights this month : http://www.atomium.be

P-E Fronning said...

Space: I can imagine, seeing all the building going on in Brussels. The difference being, as I see it, Brussels is a rapidly expanding city both because of EU institutions but also Brussel's own economy; Stockholm is also expandning but at a slower pace. Therefore I think WE should be able to consider these things better. Be that how it may, it is still sad, as you say, to see buildings you are fond of being replaced by soulless ones.

Nice about the Atomium. I was actually looking at that site a couple of days ago. Maybe I can finally visit Atomium the next time I go to your city!