With the renovation of Östermalm Market Hall, Tengbom has preserved a layer of the city’s history. Stockholm, Sweden, and the world have regained a cultural icon. The market hall has undergone its most extensive renovation in 130 years and now it’s ready to welcome visitors for at least another century.
Update, refine and improve
After just over a century in operation, Östermalm Market Hall was in great need of modernisation. Years of sporadic renovation projects had resulted in a space that was no longer particularly inviting.
Restoring the market hall to its original glory while creating a functional building that would meet today’s needs brought major challenges for Tengbom both technically, and in terms of the complex logistics inside and outside the hall. The wish list was long. Improving accessibility, replacing almost all technology, and reinforcing the cultural history and antiquarian value of the space all were all at the top. Put simply, the aim was to enhance the experience of the building without losing its original integrity.
A respectful adaptation for the future
Tengbom adopted a holistic approach, applying the same high standards to the entire renovation – from technical functions and structural work to restoring the original decor.
“No one alive today has experienced the original beauty of the market hall. But now they can. We’ve restored an important cultural and historical icon that will allow visitors in the 2020s to step back in time to the 1800s, while adding new functions to improve the experience.”
Mark Humphreys, lead architect and practice director
The original star-shaped floor plan has been restored to benefit commercial activities and to create more distinct walkways. Additional features have been added to create new experiences, such as long balconies with seating for restaurant guests. Enhanced functions and accessibility requirements contribute to a better experience for everyone with the addition of elevators and more toilets.
New features, such as staircases and ventilation ducts, have been painted a discreet black. Elsewhere, the original appearance of the market hall has been emphasised and enhanced. Paint conservators have scraped away layer upon layer of paint to reveal a picture of the history.
A more colourful interior awaits visitors, featuring the original colour palette from 1888. Light streams in once more through the gable windows that had been painted over. These have been replaced with new windows and blinds to protect traders’ goods from direct sunlight.
Giving back to the city
Today, visitors are met with a uniform and harmonious experience in an inclusive, accessible and sustainable market hall. Better people flow, smarter entryway solutions and a new waste and recycling system that reduces the number of truck transports by 80 percent are just some of the things that make Östermalm Market Hall an ultra-modern meeting place. Restaurants located along the building facade coupled with longer opening hours contribute to a vibrant street life and an enhanced focus on modern needs and behaviours, such as socialising and being seen.
Overall, Tengbom has created the sensation of traveling back in time, while making the building relevant for future generations. Time will tell if we have hit the mark, as we did with the Temporary Market Hall. The city, the country, and the world have regained a cultural icon.
The team behind this project
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