Odengatan, Sweden

Transformation of a residential building

The apartment building Liljan 3, situated on Odengatan in central Stockholm, is an unique example of the Jugendstil in Stockholm at the turn of the last century. The competition brief seeks to reinstate the building as a residential complex, where flats are managed by individual owners collectively caring for the building maintenance.

Originally drawn in 1903 by then renowned Architect Martin Borgstedt, the building is filled with intricate floral details handcrafted from wood and plaster. In the entrance hall one is met by a dense botanical language represented in tiles, doorways, cladding and skirting details. The hallway full of mirrors, leading up to the centrally placed stairwell and original elevator, similarly gives a rich impression of the floral jugend ornaments. Also the apartments present plentiful elements from the epoque, all of which were integrated into the reconstruction proposal.

The building is historically listed and “is of significant cultural heritage from an historical, environmental, and artistic point of view.”

The proposed reconstruction scheme tries subtlety to enhance the building’s original traits to reinstate its former atmosphere and grandeur. The relatively minor alterations seek to carefully maintain historical details, whilst integrating elegant solutions for bathrooms and kitchen and sometimes opening up the plan to allow for a modern way of living. By also extending the partly unused attic space, the intricate roofscape allows for some modern architectural language which overlooks the quarter’s many playful courtyards.