APRIL 20, 2009 – MAY 03, 2009
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, and is home to the national Swedish government, parliament, and residence of the Swedish monarch. The city is spread amongst fourteen islands along Sweden’s south-central east coast, where Lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea. In total, more than 30% of Stockholm is made up of waterways while another 30% is left for parks and other green spaces. In addition to being the country’s most populous city, Stockholm is also the second most visited city in the Nordic Countries … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]
For the purpose of this investigation, it is important to look at both spaces, Sotortoget and Slottsbacken, not in isolation, but rather in tandem, as together they contribute to a larger urban scheme linking Gamla Stan (Old Town) with the harbor.
Stortorget, or ‘The Big Square’ in Swedish, is the oldest square in Stockholm. Located at the center of Gamla Stan atop the plateau of Stadsholmen, it is also the historic center around which the medieval urban city was formed. Like many European cities during the Middle Ages, the square was developed gradually over time, often quite arbitrarily. However, the addition of the Stock Exchange building at the northern edge brings exception to this rule, as well as an order and hierarchy to the space (1773-1776). In conjunction with this building was the addition of the city well at the center of the space. Since 1856 it is connected to the city water supply because is has dried up due to its elevation … [ for more purchase CIVIC INTIMACY ]