Stockholm’s Mono development leads the way in a new wave of outdoor Scandi living
Some put it down to global warming, others say it’s thanks to improvements in garden technology, whichever, the building boom in Stockholm has seen a rise in outdoor living. Bars, clubs and cafes with terraces offering al fresco dining are on the rise and a clutch of new residential developments are bringing the outdoors into their schemes.
This autumn, BIG architects and Oscar properties unveils 79 & Park, a dramatic complex of 140 foliage-covered apartments in the Gärdet district; and Mono, a new block with its own restaurant and roof terrace, which has just celebrated its opening in the sought-after district of Sodermalm. All 59 apartments, devised by Koncept Stockholm and Note Design Studio, were sold by autumn 2016, even before work broke ground. Designers, entrepreneurs and architects who colonise this part of the city queued to buy the compact spaces, which favour colour and decor over white Swedish functionalism.
Mono was designed by Koncept Stockholm and Note Design Studio. Photography: Henrik Nero
Mono’s sedum roof and outdoor terrace was devised by British landscape designer Daniel Bell. Since moving to Stockholm three years ago, Bell has noticed an ennui among urbanites for the typical Stockholm garden which is ‘rather conservative, all straight lines of bamboo and buxus and stone.’ His informal schemes, which border on the wild and include exotic hardwearing trees such as the Manchurian Walnut, Indian Bean tree and Silver willow are as popular in the salubrious suburbs of Sodermalm and Djursholm as they are in tricky urban spots, such as the under the arches of Tradgarden nightclub where he has created living wall.
‘Stockholm is built on rock. You see pines and silver birch trees growing out of crevices everywhere, surviving on minerals,’ Bell explains. ‘Yes, winters are harsh, but plants do grow, and Stockholmers are seeing that it’s possible to eat and drink outdoors for a large part of the year.’ §