lördag 4 augusti 2007

Stockholm City Hall


Edit: Stockholm City Hall
Originally uploaded by soylentgreen23.

We had our conducted tour of Stockholm City Hall today. As an iconic building, it attracts a constant stream of visitors, being one of those tourist attractions which appeals to a very wide range of people with all sorts of different interests and cultural backgrounds.

Completed in 1923, and gloriously extravagant, it cost three times more than intended and it provides accommodation for just the city councillors and a couple of hundred support staff.

There is an interesting comparison with London's County Hall, also on a key site by the river almost opposite the Houses of Parliament. What happened to that? The Council was abolished and the building sold. Most of it is a hotel and on the ground floor is a Macdonalds.

Who has their values and priorities right?

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