- Sergels Torg
Sergels torg (Swedish for "Sergel's Square") is the most central
public squarein Stockholm, Sweden, named after 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was once located north of the square.
Sergels Torg has a dominant west-to-east axis and is divided into three distinct parts.
# A sunken pedestrian plaza furnished with a triangular pattern (colloquially referred to as "Plattan", "The Slab") and a wide flight of stairs leading up to the pedestrian street
Drottninggatan, connecting south to Stockholm Old Town and north to Kungsgatan.
# This plaza is partly overbuilt by a roundabout centred on a glass obelisk and by the concrete decks of three major streets.
# North of this traffic junction is a considerably smaller open space overlooked by the high-rise façade of the fifth Hötorget Building from where the avenue
The site south of the square is taken up by the cultural centre
Kulturhuset, which also harbours the Stockholm City Theatreand hides the Bank of Swedenheadquarters facing the square Brunkebergstorgbehind. Klarabergsgatanleads west past the department store Åhléns City and Klara Churchto Klarabergsviaduktenand Kungsholmen. Hamngatanleads east under Malmskillnadsgatanto Kungsträdgården, Norrmalmstorg, and Strandvägen. Together with the underground mall east of the pedestrian plaza and the T-Centralenmetro station and other continuous underpasses west thereof, Sergels Torg forms part of a continuous underground structure almost a kilometre in length.
Since its creation, Sergels Torg has been much criticized for giving priority to cars at the cost of pedestrians. It has, among some quarters, become the main target for criticism of the much debated demolition of the central city district
Klara (Stockholm)during the 1950s and 1960s. Nevertheless, it is not dissimilar to but larger than the public space in front of Centre Georges Pompidouin Parisand much like its French counterpart remains the most popular space in Stockholm for meeting friends, for political manifestations, for a wide range of events, and for drug-dealers. This includes the fountain, in which people celebrate every major victory by a Swedish sports team.
Before the creation of Sergels Torg,
Brunkebergstorgwas the most important public space in the area, the hub about which traffic revolved, the place where people would go to work and to find entertainment.Hall, pp 181-186.]
Albert Lilienberg was appointed city-planning superintendent in 1927, and a year later he produced the first proposal for a public square on the location in his
general planof 1928. In his proposal he envisioned a square whose north-south oriented axis would line-up with Sveavägen intended to be extended south across the square down to the waterfront with widened Hamngatanand Klarabergsgatanjoining in from west and east. After this first proposal, the square is featured on every subsequent city plan produced for the area, with alternations in width and length. Notwithstanding the considerable number of revised proposals produced, surprisingly few were preoccupied by architectonic considerations, instead focusing on optimization of traffic flow.
In the city plan Helldén produced in 1946, the square, still named "Sveaplatsen" ("
SveaPlaza"), was conceived as similar to the present square, but still remained an unarticulated modernistic concept. In this proposal, the square was centred on a rectangular open space furnished with trees, benches, and ponds; a space reached by subways stretching under the surrounding roundabout. During the 1950s, continuously increasing traffic loads made separating pedestrians and car traffic desirable, and several studies produced around 1955 focused on a lower level for pedestrians with cars on street-level with various openings to allow light down to the pedestrians.
In 1957, a first official proposal presented a square virtually similar to the present; except that instead of the fountain there was an opening with tall trees and on the western side, where today is the flight of stairs, was a building was standing on pillars. The Chamber of Commerce was critical to the concept, concluding pedestrians on a lower level would produce poor business sites, an analysis which would eventually prove correct. Their own proposal the following year, developed together with various authorities, reserved street-level to pedestrians while cars were confined below ground. This counter-proposal was however produced in only two months, which made it easy for opponents to pin-down its weaknesses (mostly a failure to leave enough space for the metro which was being constructed at this time). Nevertheless, Helldén's proposal failed to impress the city as well, and Helldén together with other hand-picked experts was therefore sent on a tour around Europe, including
Coventryand London, to find a better solution. In Stuttgartthey could conclude that having pedestrians on a lower level required escalators, and in Viennathe pedestrians hall Opernpassagegave them the inspiration to replace the central open space at "Sveaplatsen" with a round restaurant with glass walls, an aesthetic device intended to give the square an architectonic dignity.
This newly introduced centre-piece resulted in a proposal for a fountain with a monument above it. For the shape of this fountain, Helldén consulted his friend, the mathematician and artist Piet Hein, who in less than in minute found a curve with a "continuously varying bending" and immediately named it the
superellipse. Before presenting his final proposal in 1960, Helldén added the triangular pattern to the pedestrian plaza and the wide stairs on its western side.
A contest for the central monument in 1962 was won by
Edvin Öhrström, the 37 metres tall glass obelisk of whom was named "Kristall - vertikal accent i glas och stål" ("Crystal - vertical accent in glass and steel"). The sculpture, finally completed in 1974 and since haunted by technical problems, never was able to deliver the intended visual output and - quoting Hall - "thus adds itself to the many projects within the [reconstruction of central Stockholm] that didn't endure confrontation with reality." The artist favoured by Helldén, Olle Baertling, started to work on a sculpture for the square in 1960 but never was invited to participate in the contest. As Baertling is mostly remembered for having produced what is colloquially called "migraine art" ("migränkonst"), it is doubtful the city will ever miss his dynamic, large-scale (taller than the high-rise offices), five-rod composition, especially considering Stockholmer's refer to the extant sculpture as either the "glass obelisk" or by innumerable phallicslang words.
South of the square, intentions were to erect two buildings separated by a street leading to
Brunkebergstorg, but the old buildings south of the square turned their gables towards the modernist composition of Helldén throughout most of the 1960s. A contest in 1965 for this area included a cultural centre proposed by Pontus Hultén, the legendary founder of Moderna Museetwho wished to see his museum relocated from the isolated island Skeppsholmen. The contest was won by architect Peter Celsingand Kulturhusetwas eventually inaugurated in 1974. It basically is a single huge concrete wall from which are consoling shallow stories with glassed façades, a structure Hultén lyrically described as a stage which would "exercise a strong attractive force" by exhibiting people and works of art through the glass façade.
However, considering Stockholm's northern location, to give the sun full access to public spaces is top priority, and Kulturhuset has proven a problematic wall which not only shuts the sun off, but also tends to dominate the square with its large volume. Additionally, Sergels Torg is dominated by its traffic roundabout and is hard to experience as a single coherent space. Together with the traffic structure at
Slussen, built in the 1930s, Sergels Torg is thus an attempt with few parallels in the world, to make public art of a traffic junction dominating the central district of a city. Since the mid 1990s, countless proposals to rebuild the square has been produced, and the debate regarding the square's its is likely to continue unabated for generations.
History of Stockholm
Redevelopment of Norrmalm
* cite book
last = Hall | first = Thomas
title = Huvudstad i omvandling - Stockholms planering och utbyggnad under 700 år
publisher = Sveriges Radios förlag
date = 1999 | location = Stockholm | isbn = 91-522-1810-4 | language = Swedish
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