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Brick expressionism in Lübeck

It was dark when I finally arrived last night, so I didn’t notice that I am staying in a brick expressionist former counting house built in 1924 by Christian Zauleck and Franz Hormann. The façade – presumably a curtain wall? … Continue reading

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Last day in Stockholm

I had a walk round the streets by the hotel after breakfast and discovered a couple more examples of what seems to be common in Stockholm art nouveau buildings: a monumental tower that rises directly from the front plane of … Continue reading

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Stockholm today

A roundabout walk to Stureplein revealed how much is left of art nouveau Stockholm and how much has been replaced by some pretty dire stuff. Rounded corners bordering on turrets seem to be popular for the ends of blocks, particularly … Continue reading

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Stockholm Public Library

There was plenty that was impressive about this library – the geometric shapes, the Egyptian temple/Mycenaean entrance, the frieze, the colour (Swedes seem fond of these warm shades) – but it was the interior that was really breathtaking. You go … Continue reading

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Stockholm City Hall

The Stadhuset twinned with Santa Maria della Salute in Venice or the Elbphilharmonie: discuss. They certainly occupy prominent positions on the water’s edge. I have now met the Nordic National Romantic style: something less international than Jugendstil, using local materials … Continue reading

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Södra Ängby

Armed with maps, metro tickets, warm clothes and the correct pronunciation of Södra Ängby, I set off on my intrepid trip to discover this suburban residential development built 1933-40 amongst pine trees and birches overlooking (if you live in the … Continue reading

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Bremen

  I finally got to Bremen on a day trip from Hanover . . . and it was worth the wait. It took me a few minutes of walking from the Hauptbahnhof to come to that conclusion, though. I feel churlish … Continue reading

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