Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Europes first skyscrapers!

It may be hard to belive. But Europes first skyscraperbuildings were not built in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid or London. They were built in Stockholm.
Located at Kungsgatan the north and south "kingstowers" were built in 1924 and 1925. Part of the work in making a business street between Norrmalms and Östermalms cityparts these skyscrapers came into being.

60 metres high the architect Sven Wallander took inspiration from similar buildings from Lower Manhattan in New York. Needless to say, the two buildings caused quite a big rave in those days and the north tower (the one not being refurbished) had a very popular restaurant called "Blue Heaven" at the top floor.

The buildings consisted of stores and officespaces in the beginning but nowadays the consist only of offices.

They are beautiful buildings, I have to post another one when the renovationwork of the south tower has ended!


At 4:48 AM, Blogger Brian said...

very cool looking, and love the bridge between the two buildings. Sometimes in older skyscrapers we have such older bridges left.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger Kala said...

thats an interesting bit of factoid - I would have guess NY was the place.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Jazzy said...

Great looking.

At 1:55 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

wow. that's amazing info. did not know that at all. stockholm was and still is on the cutting edge ;D

At 7:40 AM, Blogger Natalie said...

I think some of the other cities had height limits...don't know if they do anymore. I think in Berlin the limit was how high a fire ladder could go or something like that.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I think a little light lunch at the Blue Heaven would be perfect:)


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