Foremost architects and artists recognise the value of impressive building entrances no matter whether it comes to apartment houses or public buildings. Lately, I have noticed that more and more people are starting to appreciate charming front doors, neatly decorated front decks, and massive historical portals.
You can find a number of my favourite ones located in the heart of historical Stockholm in an earlier post, but in this one, you will discover several other, diverse entrances that caught my attention in different parts of Stockholm.
Simple, elegant, historical, modern, massive, and adorned. In this post, you can find them all.
Although the appearance of St. James’s Church standing on a hill on the side of Kungsträdgården (‘The King’s Garden’) has been altered many times over the centuries, its 17th-century portals have been left essentially untouched. There is a total of three impressive stone portals decorating the church, and they no doubt belong to Stockholm’s finest.
2. Jakobs Torg 3
From the little square between St. John’s Church and the House of the Royal Swedish Opera, you can see another noteworthy entrance. This one comes from the late 19th century which is also stated in the part of the portal right above the door. Quite unusual about the entrance is the abundance of glass on the front door with wooden frame.
Proving that the 17th century was a golden age of architecture in Stockholm is a pair of portals designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger that accompany the entrances to Maria Magdalena Church, the oldest church on Södermalm. While the western, main portal is more decorated, the one on the south is, in my opinion, equally attractive.
4. Sankt Paulsgatan 10
Only a stone’s throw from the church above, you can pause to admire a beautiful entrance with flower décor standing out from the rusticated bottom part of the building. Traditionally, the entrance displays the street number belonging to the house prominently.
5. Kvarngatans ateljéer
Now to a different kind of place. The entrance located on Kvarngatan that you can see above has very little in common with the others that I included in this post. However, before you discard it as uninteresting, try to absorb its simplicity which is where its true charm is hidden. In fact, the combination of pure simplicity and the red wooden façade make this likely the most Swedish place of all.
6. Fredmansgatan 11
Perhaps it is the entrance itself, and perhaps it is the façade as a whole but find this house on the corner of Fredmansgatan and Bellmansgatan very charming. As you can see above the front door, the building was erected in 1888 during an era when Stockholm was growing rapidly. However, the architects clearly did not sacrifice creativity over quantity even during this busy period.
More modern churches, too, offer some exquisite entrances to look at. One of my absolute favourites is the main portal at Högalid Church. In fact, rather than one portal, the main entrance is formed by a group of three stone portals dominated by the largest one standing in the middle and adding symmetry to this side of the massive structure.
Before the beautiful red-brick campus of the Royal Institute of Technology on Valhallavägen was born, the school resided on the northern edge of Drottninggatan in equally stunning 19th-century buildings. The massive yellow facades are decorated by elegant stone portals and wooden front doors. Together with the pavement and staircases in front of them, they are more than worthy of a spot on my list.
9. Bragevägen 8
In this part of the Östermalm district, known as Lärkstaden, you get to admire numerous red-brick houses, and the whole area is unlike any other in Stockholm. This particular entrance at Bragevägen 8 caught my interest thanks to its unusual, colourful décor. It adds life to an otherwise subtle façade of this apartment house.
10. Floragatan 14
Not very far from Lärkstaden, in the area known as Villastaden (‘The Villa City’) bordered by Valhallavägen, you will find some of the most extraordinary 19th-century apartment houses in town. The house at Floragatan 14 stands out thanks to its bright, welcoming façade and especially the entrance with a big number 14 prominently displayed above the door.
If the entrance to Kvarngatans ateljéer is the most Swedish one out of those in the list, the Police House standing on Kungsholmen is the least typical Swedish building as a whole. Hence, if you are looking for a place that is unique and special, I recommend you add the Police House and its huge stone portal to your itinerary.
The last place I show you in this post is an elegant historical residence on the western side of Kungsholmen. Kristineberg Palace was built in the mid-18th century and is now a bit of a lonely wolf surrounded by much more modern structures. However, the palace stands its ground firmly, and with its beautiful northern portal, it might just be the prettiest building in the neighbourhood.
I hope you will have fun exploring these and other interesting entrances and portals all around Stockholm and do not forget to have a look at my earlier post where I show you my favourites in the Old Town (Gamla stan).
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