Essentially every city around the world needs to have at least a few unique, tall buildings to be considered a modern metropolis. Stockholm most certainly is a modern city, thanks to which I can bring you the selection of my favourite structures that belong to the tallest in the Swedish capital.
1. Kaknäs Tower (Kaknästornet)
Depending on how buildings are measured (whether the height of their rooftop antennas is included in the total height or not), Kaknästornet is one of two possible tallest buildings in Stockholm. It was built in 1967 as a 155-metre-tall (170 metres with the rooftop antenna) TV tower that has major importance for the country’s TV, radio, and satellite broadcasts. Moreover, there are several observation decks open to the public, which means you can enjoy some wonderful views of the city from the tower.
2. Kista Tower (Kista Torn)
The Kista Tower with its top height of 120 metres and 35 residential floors is the city’s tallest residential building. It is located in the centre of Stockholm’s tech district Kista and was completed fairly recently, in early 2016. As you will shortly see, it is only the first of extraordinarily tall buildings in this part of Stockholm.
You will find the Victoria Tower only a few minutes from the previous location on my list. This skyscraper serves as a hotel and an office building. While its height is just below 120 metres, it is the tallest hotel in the Nordics and an absolute gem to look at. The building was completed in 2011 and it received its name after the Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria.
4. Kista Science Tower
Kista Science Tower, located only a stone’s throw from the Kista Tower, is the other candidate for the tallest building in Stockholm I have mentioned earlier in the post. While the roof of the office building rests at 124 metres above ground, the top of the rooftop antenna reaches 156 metres, which makes it taller than the Kaknäs Tower. The tower was completed in 2003 and was originally meant to have several additional floor which have never been built.
Some might call it cheating but the City Hall also belongs to the tallest buildings in Stockholm thanks to its impressive, tall tower. The height of the tower sitting at the edge of the Kungsholmen island is 106 metres and the views from there are spectacular. However, it is definitely not the only reason for visiting this beautiful place. On a side note, I recommend seeing the City Hall and its surroundings early in the morning when the city has not yet woken up.
6. Ericsson Globe (Globen)
Perhaps the most unconventional building on the list, the Ericsson Globe, is an arena mainly used as a venue for ice hockey. The Globe is shaped like a large ball and with its diameter of 110 metres, it is the world’s largest hemispherical building. The capacity of the arena built in 1989 is approximately 16,000 spectators.
7. Arlanda Tower (Arlandatornet)
The air traffic control tower at Stockholm’s largest airport was built between 1999 and 2001 and is 83 metres tall. It is at the very top of the tower where the air traffic controllers operate while the lower floors of the tower are used by other staff of the airport.
8. Quality Hotel Friends
This hotel was opened in the most modern part of Solna, north of Stockholm’s city centre, in 2013. The most characteristic feature of this 25-floor structure is the round windows that are meant to resemble footballs and hence associate the building with the neighbouring Friends Arena.
9. Kajen 4
Liljeholmen is the home of many of the most beautiful modern buildings in Stockholm and one of them is the 75-metre-tall residential building known as Kajen 4 located at Liljeholmskajen. It had been completed in 2014 and awarded the Stockholm’s Building of the Year prize the following year, beating other amazing structures including the ‘Big Brewery’ (Stora Bryggeriet) at Lindhagen in western Kungsholmen.
Speaking of Lindhagen, Lindhagsskrapan named after the area and the man to a large extent responsible for the modern-day city landscape of Stockholm, Claes Albert Lindhagen, was completed in 2012. The building is 78 metres tall, has 24 residential floors and it clearly dominates the neighbourhood.
These were my 10 most favourite tall buildings to see in Stockholm. I hope you will find at least some of them interesting and get the chance to explore them for yourself. Next time in our weekly series Places of Interest, I will show you a few interesting streets in the Swedish capital that carry the names of important figures from the Swedish history.
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