Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Ferdinand Boberg
Date Built
Fotografiska is described as one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography.  The museum occupies a former customs house, on Stockholm's waterfront, designed in 1906 by the famous Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg.  The brick façade of the art nouveau style building has been retained but the inside has been transformed into exhibition spaces, a shop and a restaurant said to have the best views in Stockholm and food prepared by the well-known chef Paul Svensson.

The "Republic of Friz Hansen" website has an excellent description of the museums interior.  "Walking through the building, you pass through the exhibition space in soft, dampened tones, each one slightly different from the other.  It's simple and warm, and with these subtly changing background colours, the experience throughout the 5,500 m2 museum alters discreetly, without it ever overpowering the artworks on display.   .... The arrival to the top floor is an architectural climax, both aesthetically and functionally.  There is space for everything: firstly, with a kind of informal foyer, where you can move around freely, digest experiences and relax, without necessarily having to buy anything.  Space has also been made for a café and finally, a restaurant. Positive proof that there is some substance to the museum's lofty ambitions of offering artistic experiences – "for everyone!"

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