Wenner-Gren Center

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Wenner-Gren Center
Sveaplan 2008.jpg
General information
Town or cityStockholm
Construction started1959
Design and construction
ArchitectSune Lindström
Alf Bydén

Wenner-Gren Center is a tower and building complex in Vasastaden, Stockholm, Sweden. The building was constructed 1959–1961, and opened in 1962.

The Center consists of three buildings named Helicon, Pylon and Tetragon. Pylon is a high tower, Helicon is a lower semicircular part surrounding the tower, and Tetragon is a box-shaped building next to the tower. Helicon contains housing for visiting scientists to institutions in the Stockholm area, and this part is owned by one of the Wenner-Gren Foundations.[1] The rest of the complex consists of commercial rental space, although some of it is traditionally used by scientific organisations, such as research-granting bodies.

The Center is named after the businessman Axel Wenner-Gren, who donated funds to finance its construction, after Nobel Prize winner Hugo Theorell had lobbied for having the housing need of visiting scientists addressed.[1]


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Coordinates: 59°21′04″N 18°02′55″E / 59.35111°N 18.04861°E / 59.35111; 18.04861