Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stockholm - City Hall

Stockholm City Hall

This post is about the City Hall of Stockholm, a lovely piece of architecture on Kungsholmen island. Although it is rather new, built between 1911 and 1923, it looks a bit older. The tower was built 106 meters high, one meter higher that the one of Copenhagen City Hall, marking the famous rivalry between the two Scandinavian capitals.

Stockholm City hall - The Blue Hall

The interior is quite impressive, starting with the Blue Hall whose name is linked more to the architect ambitions then the reality (it was supposed to have blue painted walls or an open ceiling to allow watching the sky, turned out instead into brick walls and a white ceiling). The hall is used for the famous Nobel Prize Banquet.

Stockholm City hall - Council chamber

The Council chambers is where all the important decisions of the city are voted. In the absence of a mayor, all the council members have same voting power. The room try to recreate the atmosphere of a ancient viking house, having sky like painted parts on the ceiling.

Stockholm City hall - The vault of the Hundred

The vault of the Hundred, lies directly under the tower and has one vault for each member of the council. A clock representing St. George and Dragon is obsessively symbolizing some win over Denmark (maybe for the highest City Hall tower :D).

Stockholm City hall - some room

Stockholm City hall - Prince's gallery

Prince's gallery is painted by the Prince Eugene himself, trying to display on the wall the same view that was available by looking on the window. Since at that time nobody was willing to give him a honest feedback about his work, he was very auto-critical, hence never happy with the results. This is why he repainted this wall many time.

Stockholm City hall - ceiling of The Prince's gallery

Stockholm City hall - The Oval

The Oval room, initially designed to displays Tureholm tapestries, is now used for weddings .

Stockholm City hall- Golden Room

The Golden room name is actually reflecting the reality and not the intention. Golden walls are realized by joining over 18 million tiles. It is dominated by the stylized portrait of The Queen of Lake Mälaren, holding in her hands the city of Stockholm, together with some symbols from Orient and Occident, trying to show the piece desire of the Swedish people.

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