The city's oldest section is "Gamla Stan" (Old Town), located on the original small islands of the city's earliest settlements and still featuring the medieval street layout. Some notable buildings of Gamla Stan are the large German Church (Tyska kyrkan) and several mansions and palaces: the Riddarhuset (the House of Nobility), the Bonde Palace, the Tessin Palace and the Oxenstierna Palace.
The oldest building in Stockholm is the Riddarholmskyrkan from the late 13th century. After a fire in 1697 when the original medieval castle was destroyed, Stockholm Palace was erected in a baroque style. Storkyrkan Cathedral, the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Stockholm, stands next to the castle. It was founded in the 13th century but is clad in a baroque exterior dating to the 18th century.
As early as the 15th century, the city had expanded outside of its original borders. Some pre-industrial, small-scale buildings from this era can still be found in Södermalm. During the 19th century and the age of industrialization Stockholm grew rapidly, with plans and architecture inspired by the large cities of the continent such as Berlin and Vienna. Notable works of this time period include public buildings such as the Royal Swedish Opera and private developments such as the luxury housing developments on Strandvägen.
In the 20th century, a nationalistic push spurred a new architectural style inspired by medieval and renaissance ancestry as well as influences of the Jugend/Art Nouveau style. A key landmark of Stockholm, the Stockholm City Hall, was erected 1911-1923 by architect Ragnar Östberg. Other notable works of these times are the Stockholm Public Library and the Forest Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården.
Söder Torn, an 86 meter tall building in Södermalm.
In the 1930s modernism characterized the development of the city as it grew. New residential areas sprang up such as the development on Gärdet while industrial development added to the growth, such as the KF manufacturing industries on Kvarnholmen located in the Nacka Municipality. In the 1950s, suburban development entered a new phase with the introduction of the Stockholm metro. The modernist developments of Vällingby and Farsta were internationally praised. In the 1960s this suburban development continued but with the aesthetic of the times, the industrialized and mass-produced blocks of flats received a large amount of criticism.
At the same time that this suburban development was taking place, the most central areas of the inner city were being redesigned, known as Norrmalmsregleringen. Sergels Torg, with its five high-rise office towers was created in the 1960s, followed by the total clearance of large areas to make room for new development projects. The most notable buildings from this period is the ensemble of the House of Culture, City Theatre and National Bank at Sergels Torg, designed by architect Peter Celsing.
In the 1980s, the planning ideas of modernism were starting to be questioned, resulting in suburbs with a denser planning, such as Skarpnäck. In the 1990s this idea was taken further with the development of and old industrial area close to the inner city, resulting in a sort of mix of modernistic and urban planning in the new area of Hammarby Sjöstad.
The municipality has appointed an official "board of beauty" called "Skönhetsrådet" to protect and preserve the beauty of the city.
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serp2000 (43582) 2013-01-24 3:26
Good idea, an interesting crooped composition. Oh, this is your archive photo. I like your interesting and informative note too. I'd like to visit Sweden in the summertime once again.
mjw364 (838) 2013-01-24 3:48
Well cropped image with the two people adding to the sense of scale and providing a visual point of interest against that giant colourful wall. This has a feel of a poster advertising Stockholm about it.
snunney (96721) 2013-01-24 3:55
A photo form 2005, but still bearing your trademark frame and saturated colours. Makes an interesting graphical composition. The two people strolling past contribute to the mood of the shot. Thanks also for the informative and comprehensive note.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-01-24 4:01
nicely constructed shot this. It is perfectly cropped so that it leaves us wanting more and of course the shapes and bright colours are mesmerising. Like the effect a lot.
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (76276) 2013-01-24 5:39
J'aime beaucoup le format allongé vers le haut de l'image. Le cadrage est excellent et le tout d'une belle netteté.J'aime les couleurs vives et bien saturées.
Nicou (138998) 2013-01-24 7:34
Avec les deux personnage qui se promènent bien habillé quelle vue quel cadrage avec cette forme de la façade ce triangle de toit quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (50766) 2013-01-24 8:04
The bridge and the large building in the background may not be so beautiful, but they are typical of a modern city which cannot be kept as a museum. The main subjects of the photo are a lot nicer with a fantastic combinaion of red wall, green roofs and yellow letters. The two persons were well included.
prashantprabhu (227) 2013-01-24 8:28
lovely framing here. and I like the two ppl in the frame and the fact that you've caught the name..
carlo62 (45782) 2013-01-24 14:50
gran colpo, sarebbe stato perfetto se le due persone fossero state primadella finestra, ma sarebbe stato troppo.
Bella interpretazione delle architetture ed eccellente composizione.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-01-24 22:53
Recadrage très efficace exploitant au mieux l'effet couleurs de cette façade. Encore une belle réussite.
gildasjan (43434) 2013-01-25 0:48
Belle image soigneusement composée dans cette rue avec ce choix de format panoramique vertical.
abmdsudi (52377) 2013-01-25 21:19
Love this, a real stunner of charming facade with the viewpoint that you have picked is perfect and the colors extremely influencial making this small wonder looks so fascinating. Perfect moment to keep this absolutely straight and simple while retaining the finer details. Well odne
PaulVDV (27816) 2013-01-25 22:00
This cropped picture is really remarkably by its splendid colour combination, its excellent composition and the inclusion of the walkers.
Best regards, Paul
emka (94356) 2013-01-25 23:46
Hi Daniel, nice shot from your archive, eyecatching house with strong red colour. Excellent composition.
Silvio1953 (139811) 2013-01-26 2:41
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition with beautiful building and lovely couple, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
wolf38 (31296) 2013-01-26 8:42
Hello Daniele. Really an interesting composition. The colors complement each other very nicely. Yes, you have a special eye for architecture. The people are an important detail.
Cricri (117237) 2013-01-26 9:19
Tout bon le cadrage serré, le format vertical, le rendu des couleurs et des détails , bien capter au bon moment avec la présence des personnes, belle réalisation
maloutim (9639) 2013-02-21 18:48
My daughter sent me the link to your photo, because she worked at Stockholm Vatten for some years, and is quite nostalgic about it.
I have been there myself, but I didn't remember the bright red of the building.
Your capture is top, with this graphic composition for the old building.
The tight crop was a very good choice, highlighting the bright colour, as if it needed it :-) The two passers-by give dynamism to the ensemble.
Thanks for digging this image from your archives.