Medborgarhuset

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Medborgarhuset
Forsgrenska Medborgarhuset Södermalm Stockholm 2005-08-11.jpg
Northern façade
General information
Town or city Stockholm
Country Sweden
Construction started 1936
Completed 1939
Design and construction
Architect Karl Martin Westerberg
The Anna Lindh monument on the stairs of Medborgarhuset.

Forsgrenska medborgarhuset or colloquially Medborgarhuset (Swedish for "The Civic Building") is a civic hall in Stockholm, Sweden, located on the southern side of Medborgarplatsen, Södermalm.

The complex contains a public bath, an auditorium, a local library, a gymnasium, a children's theatre, and several meeting-rooms. The building was thoroughly restored in 1981, and the bath updated in 1988-1989 with the addition of a winter garden.[1]

Built 1936–1939, the yellow brick building is the Neoclassical Functionalist design of Karl Martin Westerberg, even though the classical features of the tall gables facing the public square were significantly reduced in the final design. The architect thought to solve the complex programme by breaking up the volume into three parts to permit daylight to reach the core. Notwithstanding, the building forms a compact volume and renders heavy on its neighbourhood.[2]

The former minister for foreign affairs Anna Lindh held her last speech on the stairs of Medborgarhuset on September 9, 2003, two days before she was murdered.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forsgrenska medborgarhuset" (in Swedish). City of Stockholm. 2006-04-05. Retrieved 2008-01-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ Wærn, Rasmus (1999). "Södra Innerstaden". Guide till Stockholms arkitektur (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Arkitektur förlag. p. 148. ISBN 91-86050-41-9. 

Coordinates: 59°18′52″N 18°04′20″E / 59.31444°N 18.07222°E / 59.31444; 18.07222