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svea torn (4)

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The tower Svea torn is surrounded by some novel architecture

Svea torn (map) 23 Feb 2008


Kris McCracken said...

Is this one a public housing block or general rented?

stromsjo said...

Hi Kris, I believe this is a housing cooperative and not in any way subsidized. Without a sufficient wallet you'd have to settle for the smallest apartment.

gardebring said...

You need a rather large wallet to even get the smallest apartemenet in Svea Torn. It's in an attractive location, and tall buildings are very rare in Stockholm, giving this building an extra attractivity.

stromsjo said...

One might argue that a sparsely populated country wouldn't have to put a lot of effort into high-rise buildings but if people are willing to pay I guess we'll see more of these prestigious projects in the years to come.

Incidentally there was a report the other day about a decline in new housing projects, partly due to the fact that tax payers won't be subsidizing quite as generously as they used to. Just like in most countries, the size of the wallet will have a major impact on how and where you can live.

Thanks for stopping by, Gardebring.

gardebring said...

Well. There is an ecological aspect as well. Building a dense city takes up less space and gives shorter distances, as well as making it possible to use effective public transit. As the issue of the enviroment keeps climbing on the agenda I think it's crucial that we start to think differently about how we build our cities. This is the big issue in the US with their enormous suburbias with gas prises going up, but it will be an issue in Sweden as well with all our suburbs. We need to start building actual citities again.

stromsjo said...

Good point about the environmental aspect. I agree that a modern city has a smaller footprint in terms of resource consumption per capita than suburban landscapes or - indeed - the countryside. Building and maintaining real skyscrapers (the kind we don't have in Sweden) does however introduce all sorts of other issues from security to - yes - resource consumption so there's probably an ecologically optimal number of floors for anyone clever enough to elaborate that equation... ;)

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