1930’s Cinema Converted to Trendy Apartments by Andreas Martin-Löf and Monica Förster

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This building was once one of Stockholm’s oldest cinema’s. After lying abandoned for several years, it’s finally being put to use again. This time, it’s been resurrected as a series of modern luxury flats for the building company, Glommen & Lindberg. The company enlisted the help of designer, Monica Förster, and architect, Andreas Martin-Löf, to create the contemporary property.

Förster and Martin-Löf collaborated to not only create the layouts, but also to work around the difficulties presented to them through the existing structure. The result is a series of small, well-designed, apartments.

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The apartment block is set on the corner of Valhallavägen and Erik Dahlbergsgatan, in the Ostermalm district. It was originally built in 1932, being designed by Björn Hedva, an architect, and by all accounts, an expert in the construction of cinemas. Many of the building’s original features, such as the column walls and arched ceilings, were incorporated into its redesign.

Staying in tune with the legacy of the cinema while placing it in a contemporary context has been a challenge. We wanted to create a harmonious environment that featured high quality details and materials in line with the principles of functionalism – i.e. beauty through function. – Monica Förster

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Förster was largely responsible for the interior design details. This extends to the kitchens, bathroom cabinets, wardrobes and a variety of fittings. The choice of lighting, materials and finishes is meant to reflect the property’s former use. Subtly hinting at it, while also maintaining the theme of contemporary, parred-down, Scandinavian style.

I often passed paraden as a child, and I noticed the building and the imposing entrance. I love it, Björn Hedvall was relatively unknown until a book about him was published about a year ago. I really appreciate this opportunity to convert the cinema into flats and create some new magic. – Andreas Martin-Löf

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