Generally, city visitors tend to give more importance to historical places when they are choosing spots to visit. While history and its creations are often fascinating, I believe, we should not overlook modern places around us and their stories. In this post, you will, therefore, find the most beautiful pieces of modern architecture you can see in Stockholm.
We begin with a couple of modern urban areas that have been developed over the last few years, where you can find interesting examples of modern architecture and urban scenery overall.
Liljeholmen was traditionally a suburban industrial district of Stockholm. However, in the recent years, office buildings in the area have been joined by many beautiful residential edifices which bring the best of modern architecture to this place. As you can see in the picture, Liljeholmskajen (Liljeholm’s quay) is surrounded by brand new buildings and despite ongoing construction works, I am confident you will love your walk around the streets of this area. As a bonus, you can grab a coffee or something nice to eat and enjoy it on one of the wooden moles.
2. Sickla Canal (Sickla kanal)
The entire area known as Hammarby Sjöstad is characteristic by its wonderful modern urban landscape. My personal favourite part, though, are the streets surrounding the Sickla Canal. The views there are breath-taking year-round but it is especially pleasant to sit on one of the benches and enjoy the views during summer. You can also get there by boat to enhance your experience.
In a quite different part of Stockholm – on north-western Kungsholmen – you will find another brand-new neighbourhood called Lindhagen. Although essentially all buildings you can see there come from the same era, this neighbourhood is nice and diverse as you will find both more traditional lower buildings, as well as a skyscraper and a few industrial edifices here. All of this is completed by the promenade at Hornsbergs strand (“Hornsberg’s beach”) and the stunning lake views from there.
Apart from entirely new residential areas located by the water, there are many interesting modern buildings spread around the city, often creating a beautiful contrast with historic sites. In the following parts of the post, I will show you my favourite places belonging to this category.
4. Octapharma Office
While we are still at Lindhagen, one of the most notable buildings you should notice is the headquarters of the company called Octapharma. Their beautiful building complex combines historical buildings with modern architectural elements brilliantly and the view from Franzéngatan, that you can see in the picture, is simply stunning. Give their areal a look and you will not be disappointed.
5. Campus of the Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan)
I have previously brought the most beautiful university campuses in Stockholm to your attention in a separate post but this one is so amazing that it would be a great shame not to include it on this list, too. Just like the previous place at Lindhagen, the campus of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm combines the school’s original, historical facilities with truly admirable modern buildings to create a place every architecture lover should see.
6. Aula Medica
Speaking of magnificent university buildings, the Karolinska Institute’s lecture hall Aula Medica belongs to Sweden’s most impressive architectural pieces. While the entire campus at Solna might not be as harmonious as, for example, the previous one I mentioned, Aula Medica creates a beautiful contrast with a couple of traditional red houses in front of it.
7. Victoria Tower
Victoria Tower is a stunning ultra-modern skyscraper located in the Stockholm’s technology district Kista. It is one of the tallest buildings and the tallest hotel in all of Scandinavia but it also houses offices and other facilities. The skyscraper named after Crown Princess Victoria is not the only stunning modern building in Kista, though, so if you get the chance to visit this area, make sure to keep your eyes wide open.
This was the selection of my favourite modern buildings in Stockholm. They are pretty spread out across the city but all of them are totally worth seeing. If you would like, I am sure you can find more interesting architectural works in the city and you can always share them with other like-minded travellers here on our site, or in our android app Trevl.
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