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The Crown Prince of Malmö – Copenhagen Visible from the Top

Written by Christopher • July 30th, 2006
The Crown Prince of Malmö – Copenhagen Visible from the Top

Malmö’s first skyscraper (and one of Sweden’s earliest) was built in 1964 and namned Kronprinsen (The Crown Prince). It stands 27 floors tall and features 700 apartments which can house as many as 3 000 people. The cost of building it was a staggering 90 million SEK (approx. $12 000 000). Standing at the top of the building, on the visitors terrace, one could see all the way over to Copenhagen on clear days. Using the binoculars placed there for viewing pleasure, you could probably also see right into the famous SAS-hotel designed by Arne Jacobsen.

Using the high-speed elevators allowed you to speed to the top-floor of the Crown Prince in only 30 seconds where you would find the posh restaurant Översten (The Colonel) with its swank sky bar designed by NK, the restaurant is still operational today. At the base of the skyscraper a shopping and sports center was built. The residents of the Crown Prince were probably never meant to leave their homes.

Everything they ever needed was located a few feet from their apartments, including a 14-lane Bowling alley and Tennis Courts. But what about your car? It is parked in the huge underground garage which can hold up to 1,300 cars. It was one of the biggest underground garages in Scandinavia at the time.

Times has changed since 1964, taller skyscrapers has emerged – but Kronprinsen is still the Crown Prince of Malmö.


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    I see that the wait list for the apartments has closed due to the number of people in it. The views must be stunning.

  • Chris

    Yeah the view from the building is most likely very stunning (have not been able to visit it myself yet). So if you want a apartment in it I guess you can forget about it, because it probably won’t happen – unless you know someone who works at the company who owns the building.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that the view is strålande of course. It doesn’t look like the restaurant has kept it’s NK interiors though, that’s a shame, however, it’s nice that it’s still in operation.

  • Chris

    I am not sure about the interior, have not been able to find a old photo of it yet, but I guess the NK interior is gone by now.

  • Anonymous

    It would be interesting to see; I think I’ve seen one somewhere, perhaps an old number of Arkitektur or along those lines, like Byggmästaren or something. Their website has pictures and it’s not NKfabulous anymore.

  • mrdantefontana

    The interior of Översten (the top restaurant) is exquisit. The time has stopped. The food is nothing. But the view, the drinks the atmosphere. Yummy!

  • Chris

    Finally something that has not been destroyed by people with no taste. Very rare to find things from the past that still looks original.

  • I took a photo of it last summer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiggy/3868160559/
    I love this building!

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