Sergels Torg is an important and busy public square in the very heart of Stockholm. In the middle of the square is a fountain with a 37 m tall crystal column, which was erected in 1974 after designs of the Swedish sculptor Edvin Öhrström.It is beautifully illuminated at night.
On the southern side of Sergels Torg, the Culture Centre "Kulturhuset" can be found. It was also inaugurated in 1974.
The square Sergels Torg can be found in the middle of the busy district Norrmalm, which is situated in Stockholm's city centre.
"Sergels Torg", a large square at the center of Stockholm, was created during the modernization of the city center in the mid 20th century. Its soulless streets and buildings stand in stark contrast with the charm of the "Old Town".
During the 20th century, the population of Stockholm exploded and the city center was no longer able to cope with the growth. A radical modernization plan was launched and the old Norrmalm district was transformed into the new modern heart of Stockholm - known as the City, with wide roads and modern high-rise buildings.
Originally known as Sveaplan, Sergels Torg was conceived as a new large square that would form the center of this reconstructed city. It was designed in 1957 and created around the concept of separating pedestrian and car traffic. The pedestrianized lower level gives access to underground shops and the subway. When it was completed in 1967, the square was named Sergels Torg after the 18th century Swedish sculptor John Tobias Sergel who lived nearby, but it is locally known as Plattan, for the grey and white patterned pavement.
The highlight of Sergels Torg is Kristallvertikalaccent, a 37.5 meters (123 ft) tall glass obelisk designed by Edvin Öhrström. It was installed at the center of the square in 1974, in the middle of a fountain. The sculpture is especially beautiful at night, when it is illuminated.
For many Sergels Torg is the starting point for a shopping trip, as this is Stockholm's shopping mecca, with plenty of shops, boutiques and department stores.
But it is also the cultural center of the city thanks to the Kulturhuset (House of Culture), which borders the south of the square. Kulturhuset was built in the 1970s after a design by architect Peter Celsing, who created a fitting backdrop for this modern square with its long glass façade. The Kulturhuset regularly hosts expositions as well as musical, dance and theater performances.
Since 1990 it has also been the home of the Stadsteatern, a large theater hall. During the renovation of the Parliament Building at Helgeandsholmen during the 1970s, the parliament held its sessions here.
To the north Sergels Torg is bordered by the Hötorgskraporna, also known as the Hötorget Buildings. The five modern high-rise buildings, erected in the 1950s, were at the time considered iconic landmarks and long symbolized modern Stockholm. They were even considered tourist attractions.
This was my first impression of Stockholm as it was one of the very first buildings that I came across after I landed in the city. This building is named after 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was once located near the square where this building is now situated. This tower was built in the 1960s. The picture at night looks amazing.
This square has a decent underground shopping mall. And What they say about Swidish Girls is true! They are all blonde gorgeous soft skinned angels, and be sure to go when the weather is aggreable, and you will not be dissappointed. And the malls the perfect spot.
Well, Another general comment i would make on sweden is the order and cleaniness of the streets. This square was impeccable, and every car is brand new, ikea rocks! Volvo diesel kicks ass. Sweden is the best.
This is a picture of Sergels Torg in Stockholm. Sergels Torg (Sergels Square) is considered as the city centre of Stockholm. It's absolutely not the most beautiful square of Stockholm, but one you most likely come across because is is located at the busy subway junction "T-Centralen". The square is divided in two levels, the lower level is for pedestrians and the upper level for traffic. The lower level, called Plattan, is the one that might catch your attention because of its characteristic triangle pavement pattern.
The square is dominated by a sculpture of Edvin öhrström. It is a glas-obelisk from 1972. During the daytime it looks very boring but in the evening the sculpture in the middle is beautiful lit up.
The monument was named after the Stockholm sculptor, Johan Tobias Sergel, who was active in the 18th Century. It was quite controversial when it was origianlly built and it remains so today.
Following the demolition of several blocks of the old Klara neighbourhood to construct office blocks, there was a need to create something to fill the perceived aesthetic void. It was deemed a failure and it was regrted as soon as it commenced. The square has an import part to play, acting as a forum for demonstrations and seasonal activities. There is a very popular Christmas market.
Anchored to the area is the Kulturhuset, the cultural house, which has a design which is equally as contreversial as the square.
On the Island of Norrmalm, the more modern part of the center, you will find the main square "SergelsTorg". It exists of 2 parts, a big traffic roundabout with a fountain in the middle, and a lower situated pedestrian part.
Though the square may not be the prettiest thing you have ever seen, it is a gathering point for many people.
Loved by some, hated by many, Sergelstorg is the modern hub of Stockholm, where one can view the hustle and bustle of the shopping and downtown areas.
Sergelstorg is, arguably, what good 1960s architecture is supposed to be. The unique "terraced' feel of the square, along with the unique triangular "checkerboard" provide a unique perspective.
Ok, so I just have to add this pic, to give you more perspective. It's a merged pic of two photos taken in Jan 2005 (no snow), the outdoor one shows the lowered part of Sergel Square (goes by nickname Plattan) with its characteristic pavement pattern. The indoor one shows the adjacent underground shopping arcaed that was recently restaured. Nowadays it is closed at night and thus less damaged. Also, it's been freshly made up and has lost its old creepy drugdealers' appeal somewhat.
The police used to (still?) constantly monitor Sergels square esp Plattan for drugdealers. this was supposedly the most active drugdealing place in Sweden once.
Sergels torg (litt. the Sergel Square)
When I was little and first started going in to Stockholm city without my parents I thought that all there was to Stockholm was Sergels torg and the streets surrounding it. This is because Sergels torg is quite close to Central station - the communication hub - and because there are lots of shops and gallerias in the vicinity. Anyway, these days I still think of Sergels torg as the "heart" of Stockholm. Right or wrong.
Sergels torg has been a place of much debate. It is constantly the object of restauration plans, and it's been hugely critizised for being ugly, non-functional etc. And .. .it is not the most beautiful place, I agree to that!
The square is lovered below ground level, but still in open daylight. However adjacent to the square itself is an underground shopping complex. You can also reach Gallerian Mall from underground, Åhléns mall and the Tube.
In my opinion, the Sergel square has used to be very ugly. The whole underground area surrounding it iwas grey, gloomy and smelly. However, recently there has been some reconstruction going on, to make this more like an underground mall, cleaner and closed during night. It seems promising!!
The square itself is in my opinion just boring, an oversized, colorless amoeba in the city centre. I would love to see this place earn some more attention (action!), what's wrong with trees, flowers, statues etc?
My pic is of the fountain with the famous Cultural house (now THATS a great thing) in the background.
Ugly or not - when Sweden wins a particularly important sporting event, the fountain above the lowered square makes a great celebration place for fans who have been ...well just a little bit heavy on the booze!
The glass and steel monument at Sergels Torg is called Kristallvertikalaccent, meaning Crystal Vertical Accent and was built in 1974. At 37.5 metres high, it is the world's largest glass sculpture. Made up of 18 sections, weighing 130 tons, it was the work of Edvin Öhrström (1906-94). Under the moonlight, it looked magnificant.
The square called "Sergels Torg" is certainly not the most beautiful place in Stockholm, but if you want to get to know the city, then you should see this square. It is located just by what is probably the most important subway junction in Stockholm, which is called "T-Centralen". The square is surrounded by 1960's architecture which is not so nice, there is a big monument in the middle of the square and quite a nice fountain which will cool you off on breezy days! There is an important building located on the square called the "Kulturhuset". Inside the Kulturhuset they do a number of activities for youth and children of the city and also they have temporary art and photography exhibitions which change on a regular basis.
Most important at the square is the Stockholm tourist center, which would be my first stop in Stockholm if I were to go back.
This is a picture of Plattan in Stockholm. It has a rather bad reputation, because of the 'different' things you can buy here, like drugs, weapons, etc. The square isn't always that 'bad', as is also used for some festive occasions, like when the ice-hockey team wins another gold medal ;-))
There isn't that much to see here, beside that it is an entrance to the T-bana (the Stockholm underground). But I thought it made a nice evening picture :-)
If Stockholm has a center of activity, it might be Sergels Torg, a traffic-filled square with a great deal of cultural, political, social, and commercial bustle. There's an underground shopping center, the main Tourist Information office is here, there are theatres and galleries and restaurants in the Kulturhuset just beyond.
In the middle of the central place of the modern city you will find a 37,5 meter high glas sculpture of Edvin Öhrström.
On the south of this place there is the Kulturhuset, the cultural center with exhibitons, shops and a panorama cafe.