Nordic Classicism - The Stockholm Public Library

Nordic Classicism - The Stockholm Public Library

This large, striking building is the Stockholm Public Library, located in the Vasastan District of the city. The building was opened in 1928, and designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. It represents one of the most famous examples of the Nordic Classicism style. Other famous buildings in a similar style include the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki, and the Copenhagen Police Headquarters. This architectural movement reflected a shift in political trends too, with a move towards more left-leaning politics and Nordic welfare state being reflected in the type of buildings that were being constructed - which also included a number of examples of hospitals and schools. 

The rotunda of the building houses three stories of circular book cases, in which just a portion of the library's two million holdings are located. Asplund's inspiration was partly drawn from the Rotonde de la Villette in Paris. In turn, the design is said to have influenced the design of one of London's more famous architectural tube stations at Arnos Grove. 

The striking, modernist chandelier is a central focal point of the rotunda.

The library is free to visit, and we would definitely recommend a visit there is you are ever visiting the Swedish capital!

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Photo courtesy by archdaily.com
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