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Retro Stockholm – The Same But Different

Written by Christopher • June 7th, 2007
Retro Stockholm – The Same But Different

Stockholm, Slussen & Katarinahissen

It’s amazing how some cities change too quickly, or even stay frozen in time. Stockholm in Sweden had its share of major changes during the last five decades, destroying many of its beautiful houses dating back to the 17th century in the centre in order to make room for modern, blocky, concrete buildings.

Everything depicted on the photos here looks pretty much the same today (except the odd paint job or two), I guess they finally realized that not all changes are good changes. And us Swanksters at Ultra Swank like to keep the past as intact as possible.

Which is your favorite retro building in the world?

Stockholm, Skärholmen

Above: Stockholm, Skärholmen — Concrete Suburbia. Built in the 1960s to solve the housing problems

Stockholm, Main Train Station

Above: Stockholm, Main Train Station

Stockholm, Subway station Kungsgatan

Above: Stockholm, Subway station Kungsgatan


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

    and the lack of traffic!

  • Lee

    What is the red car? A DAF?

  • Chris

    Yes not alot of traffic, the photos were probably taken early mornings or on a sunday. Not sure about the car, it looks European though. Could be a Trabant or Fiant.

  • Lee

    Hey Chris, I don’t know if this is proper etiquette or not, but I’d like to invite you and those who read you blog to take a look at mine http://TelstarLounge.blogspot.com and see my evolving mania around mid-century Bakersfield California. I write under the pen name of “Charles” (my middle name) and I tend to be snarky. If me posting my blog address is not permissible, please delete this post. I don’t intend anything untoward.

  • mblawi

    The red car is an Opel Rekord…

    If you want a good look at the gloomy concrete architecture of Skärholmen, check out Jan Halldoff’s bizarre exploitation movie “Stenansiktet” from 1973, about a gang of teenage delinquents who is hired by a disillusioned social worker to murder the bureucrats and architects who built the suburb.

  • Chris

    Oh yeah ‘Stenansiktet’ I have it on tape. The movie is such a trip, weird but entertaining. Really makes you see how depressing the concrete suburbs of Stockholm built in the 60s and 70s are. But also, interesting in a way.

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