Abandoned spots – Jan Jörnmark

Jan Jörnmark is a writer and a docent at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg and at the Business school in Gothenburg University. Jan has written books about international enterprise and globalization and has managed to reach a big crowd with his book "Övergivna platser", which in English translates to "Abandoned places". He has also written the book "Stockholm i den globala förkastningen" and has participated in a documentary called "Glömda platser".



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Kymlinge - Sundbyberg

We will start with my favorite, Kymlinge. The never opened subway station in Kymlinge is the subject of an endless amount of urban legends. In reality, the idea was to build an enormous centre for tens of thousands of government bureaucrats here. During the mid 1970s the offices were built in downtown Stockholm instead. The stripped off subway station is the only remnants of the plans.

Täljöviken - Åkersberga

The brutalist conference centre is an architectonic masterpiece that was built by the Swedish Trade Union (LO) at the height of its power. For a few years, it housed government sessions as well as other important meetings, before falling into disuse and finally being totally abandoned in the early 21st century. If it re-opens it will probably contain a small museum dedicated to its past.

Årsta

The ruin motorway is well worth a visit. It was abandoned more than a decade ago when it was decided that Stockholm’s ring way should be constructed in a sprawling network of tunnels. The idea is to develop the abandoned area to apartments, but the project has been put on hold for a seemingly infinite time.

Masmo - Huddinge

A large number of new satellite towns were built around Stockholm during the late 1960s. What is less well known is that there existed plans for many more that were never built. The abandoned shafts and concrete structures close to the subway station in Masmo are some of the few remaining vestiges of these plans.

Ramhäll

Built in 1944 during massive boom for the Swedish iron ore industry and was abandoned three decades later. Its massive size and stripped off architecture is still impressive but the thing that makes the place truly worth visiting is the graffiti. During the last decade, it has become one of the most frequented centres for the sub culture and some of the paintings that you find can only be described as amazing.