View to Strandvagen, Stockholm
Strandvägen is a boulevard created that was created in the second half of the 19th century in Stockholm's Östermalm district. The boulevard, which looks out over the water, is lined with grand, almost palatial buildings that were designed by some of the top architects of the day.
Strandvägen ('beach road') has a length of 1200 meters (0.75 mi) and runs east from Nybroplan to the Djurgĺrden Bridge.
In the mid 19th century Strandvägen was known as Ladugĺrds Strandgata (Barn beach street). It was an unappealing, muddy street with dilapidated houses built along an old wooden quay. When the Nibrokajen, the quay on the east side of the street was in need of repair, the suggestion was made to build a new, wide and modern quay all the way to the Djurgĺrden bridge. This plan revived an old idea to turn the Ladugĺrds Strandgata into a prestigious boulevard, Strandvägen. In 1861, after long discussions, the king approves the creation of Strandvägen. The goal was to create a street 'unparalleled in Europe', and have it completed before the inauguration of the Arts and Craft Exhibition of 1897, held in Djurgĺrden.
Construction started the following year and fifteen years later, with the planting of three rows of lime trees, the 35 meter wide street was completed. Strandvägen became one of the city's most desirable addresses and developers built magnificent mansions designed by some of the country's best architects. Soon many of Stockholm's most affluent citizens moved to this new street.
A Walk along Strandvägen
Strandvägen is one of the most pleasant boulevards in the city thanks to its wide waterfront esplanade where one walks along cafés and picturesque boats. The other side of the tree-lined boulevard boasts magnificent architecture, with one palatial building after another.
Starting at Nibroviken bay, the first building, at nrs 1-5, is one of the largest buildings with a 127 meter (417 ft) long façade. It actually consists of three separate buildings, all designed by the same architects, G. Hagström and F. Ekman and completed in 1904. Next are two prestigious hotels: the Hotel Esplanade at nr 7a and the exclusive Hotel Diplomat at nr 9. Both were built around the turn of the 20th century in the then popular Jugendstil style.
At nrs 29-33, further towards Djurgĺrden, is Bünsowska Huset, completed in 1888 and the most impressive of all buildings at Strandvägen. The architect, Isak Gustaf Clason, was inspired by the architecture of the castles of the Loire Valley in France when he designed this magnificent brick building with turrets and round towers. Clason designed two more buildings along the boulevard: the Italianesque Thaveniuska Huset at nrs 19-21, completed in 1885 and the Von Rosenska Palatset (Von Rosen Palace) at nr 55, built in 1887 in French mansion style. Clason's designs set the tone for the rest of the street and developers hired top architects to build equally grand buildings. The most prolific architect was Johan Laurentz, who designed elegant houses at nrs 15, 17 and 35-41.
Strandvägen ends at the Djurgĺrdsbron, the most ornate bridge in Stockholm. It was built to impress visitors of the Arts and Craft Exhibition in Djurgĺrden, a former royal hunting ground. The bridge is decorated with large statues of Nordic gods. (Source: aviewoncities/Stockholm)
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besnard (49939) 2012-04-02 0:55
Une belle carte postale lumineuse, avec en arričre-plan ces bâtiments ŕ l'architecture intéressante. Celŕ me rappelle de bons souvenirs.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ChrisJ (91168) 2012-04-02 0:57
Good repetition of the boats with excellent sharpness & a nice wide angled crop. Punchy light contrasts & the spire of the bg church adds graphism & makes a good focal point. Tfs!
dta (56526) 2012-04-02 1:16
Hello George ,
A splendid post card from Stockholm , with a pleasant summertime feeling .
notrap (4986) 2012-04-02 1:43
beautiful scandinavian summer colors, technically perfect. TFS,
timecapturer (36972) 2012-04-02 3:04
text book composition with everything so perfectly placed and appealing. Amazing amount of detail all clearly visible, colourful and captivating. Excellent!
Have a good week - Brian.
jemaflor (74014) 2012-04-02 4:08
Nice pov and beautiful light and colors, well taken and tfs.
Sergiom (45244) 2012-04-02 5:28
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image. La rangée de bateaux offre une belle diagonale dans l'image ce qui lui donne beaucoup de profondeur et la luminosité est impressionnante.
SnapRJW (23510) 2012-04-02 6:28
Hello George - Picture perfect, a gorgeous view with fresh and attractive colours. Sharp as a pin and full of very good detail. Warm regards Rosemary
dkmurphys (42409) 2012-04-02 7:14
beautiful composition with a small part of the port. A great city, well taken.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-04-02 11:09
Thanks to pecobud, I am able to open your picture . A beautiful and bright shot where the boats are nicely lined up. The blue water makes a nice color contrast against the white boats. Nice view of the buildings in the background. The sharpness and colors are superb.
Sonata11 (31197) 2012-04-02 11:42
I love your pictures the way you executed them. They are perfectly well done with perfect quality and technically wonderful. Awesome, an amazing work !!!!!
vasilpro (40557) 2012-04-02 12:31
Wonderful composition, a beautiful view to the town through the marina, excellent light management, vivid colors, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice month, Vasilis.
jjcordier (67146) 2012-04-02 12:57
Jolie photo de cette esplanade au bord de l'eau avec une jolie utilisation de ces bateaux en premier plan.
TopGeo (38080) 2012-04-02 13:17
Hello George! Beautiful perspective! The boats FG are quite nice and you got excellent colours due to the good light! Very well composed! What a great shot.
Magic light and wonderful contrast and tones. Great POV and nice city Stockholm with Strandvägen is a boulevard with excellent view of port.! Congratulations!
Ninello52 (7065) 2012-04-02 13:20
Bravissimo, masterfully composed image with the boats in the foreground and the city on the bottom! Made it very well the relationship that the city has with the sea! Beautiful also the color values, especially the green with blue!
Best regards, Nino.
bukitgolfb301 (32586) 2012-04-02 14:39
Hello my dear George
A perfect vertical stable shot. Another fantastic and magical presentation indeed. Marvelous sharp and clear image as usual.
Thanks for your sharinig with best shot and have a good start of a good week!
Takero from warm Tokyo
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-03 0:12
Nice POV, i like especially the row of white boats.Very beautyful view to wondwerful old buildings and great colored sky.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-04-03 4:31
Details abound in this composition, all highly visible under excellent lighting, well-controlled. The picture is bright, clean and deep. Bravo.
Have a nice day
cornejo (22432) 2012-04-03 8:44
György Hello, én szeretem ezt a kompozíció szép és érdekes építészeti emlékek a háttérben, és szép hajók az előtérben, minden elfogott nagy világosság, a mélységet, szép világos és gyönyörű színek.
Nagyon szép és hangulatos munkát végzett kiválóan, Gratulálok mert a barátom. Jó napot és boldog hetet. TFS.
György Hello, I like this composition beautiful and interesting architecture in the background and lovely boats in the foreground, all captured with great clarity, depth, beautiful light and beautiful colors.
Very nice and charming work excellently done, my compliments for it my friend. Good afternoon and happy week. Tfs.
abmdsudi (32471) 2012-04-03 20:58
What a cheery scene, I love the fresh blue colors of this elegant looking scene with some bright colors filling the space. A competent framing in bright light, a very photogenic spot and the background draw attention boosting the visual effect and feel in it. Pin sharp and good overallm a pleasing image indeed
Great work, Congrats
siamesa (27461) 2012-04-04 17:02
Boa noite George
amazing composition. The houses and its traditional architecture and the modern boats make a beautiful image. TFS
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-02 0:53