It has been a year since the huge stone, wood and concrete building at Hålludden outside Stockholm opened its doors to the public,
bursting at the seams with art and towering over the Baltic Sea at Baggensfjärden.
And what a year: the interest from journalists at home and abroad has been overwhelming, and Artipelag, activities
as the gallery is called, has become a favourite haunt for Stockholmers who want an injection of world-class art, good food and unspoilt nature.
You could say that Artipelag is Björn Jakobson’s baby, which is apt seeing he is also the founder and CEO of the hugely successful BabyBjörn.
An avid sailor and ice skater, and as a general admirer of the great outdoors,
he wanted to create a beautiful space where art, culture and nature could meet. He found the grounds at Hålludden, and the rest is history.
Architecture in tune with nature
As Jakobson set out to find an architect for the job, he had to move quickly: drawings activities
had to be completed and submitted before the planning permission,
which had already been granted, expired. Then he met Johan Nyrén, who said:
“I won’t give you Bilbao, but an installation in tune with nature – that I can do.”
The result was a very Nordic-looking creation that almost disappears between the pine trees,
only really visible as you approach the cape from the water because of the reflections in the big glass panels.
Arriving by bus, on the other hand, one is greeted by an impressive concrete open ing
which becomes the beginning of a distinctively unparalleled gallery experience.
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