Norrmalm can be seen as the center of modern Stockholm. There are a lot of businesses here and expensive shops, and also clubs, bars and restaurants. The prices may be a little higher here than in other parts.
This is also the case with Östermalm. Östermalm, though, is more a neighborhood of broader streets and elegant residences. It is directly to the east of Norrmalm.
This is the main library. It was designed by the well reputated architect Gunnar Asplund in 1928.
Around the big central cylindric hall there are four long book rooms. All together forms a cubic block. The building has a sharp geometrical form.
The style is funcionalistic, at that time a radical french new classisism, they say.
The entry from Sveavägen goes like a scar through the block, and you will come directly to the central hall where books are lended for 3-4 weeks (in summer two months).
Don´t miss a visit to some of the public libraries in Stockholm. There you can perhaps find your newspaper from home, sit down for resting or just silently go around looking at books and people. Not a bad doing.
Fondest memory: So we get lost trying to find the record stores. They were on Eriksgatan, not Erkisberggatan! But, since we were lost we made the best of it. We wound up in a residential neighborhood with mucho architecture & photo ops. I took lots of photos of the cool scandanavian buildings.