When I saw this – cylinder on the top of a cube – at Österbybruk Iron Works – I immediately thought of one of my favourite buildings – the Public Library in Stockholm which Gunnar Asplund created.
The very same Gunnar Asplund created Wood Lands (Skogskyrkogården) – a wonderfully beautiful cemetary situated in Enskede – a nearby southern suburb of Stockholm, which I have already written about here. It just takes about 20 minutes by underground from the central station to get there (you get off at the station Skogskyrkogården) . The Public Library is situated close to Odenplan or Rådmansgatan underground station – just a few minutes from the central station. If I were to choose one favourite building in Stockholm it would be the Public library. Both the building in itself – the exquisite and refined simpleness paired with the warm, light brick red/orange which adds life to the building.
It is almost like visiting a dome when one gets inside it. I also love it by sentimental reasons. My grandmother and her brother spent a big part of their childhood and youth there – borrowing loads of books – and the love for books that started there, listening to a librarian reading children’s stories – followed her all her life. Shape and content united in one.
You find more information about the library if you click here.