Classified as one of the great architectural masterpieces of the 20th century the Stockholm City Hall (Stadhuset) is an example of a Revivalist building incorporating the National Romantic form, Nordic Gothic and Northern Italian styles. The architect was Ragnar Ostberg who designed it in 1908. Eight million bricks were used in its construction, which was commenced in 1911 and completed in 1923.
It is perfectly situated on the edge of Lake Malaren on the island Kungsholmen. Although, by European standards, the building itself is not that old it does house in the Blue Hall the oldest organ in Scandinavia, in the Gold Hall some Byzantine inspired wall mosaic made up of 18.6 million bits of glass and gold while in the oval room are a series of French tapestries over 300 years old.
The tower is 106 metres in height and lots and lots of stairs eventually lead you to the fantastic view available from the top.
The Nobel prize is award here in the blue room followed by a ball in the gold room. The council chambers are also here and the ceiling in this room is reminiscint of a long boat in the Viking style.
In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special.