Stockholm’s Mono development leads the way in a new wave of outdoor Scandi living

Room with round table and chairs and a white lamp hanging over it, a couch against the wall and large windows
The Mono boutique residential development is among a handful of key projects that lead the way in introducing more outdoor living in the Swedish capital. Photography: Henrik Nero
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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 stockholm bedroom with white and grey bedding and a bronze floor lamp

Mono was designed by Koncept Stockholm and Note Design Studio.

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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.’

Mono luxury residential development in Stockholm

Created for Glommen & Lindberg with the help of local architects Koncept Stockholm, Mono features interiors by Note Design Studio.

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Mono rooftop by Daniel Bell

Meanwhile locally based landscape architect Daniel Bell worked on the development’s unique rooftop terrace.

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Country style room with round table and chairs and white lamp above it

The interiors feature the country’s signature Nordic style.

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mono housing interiors by note design studio

Warm woods and bespoke joinery ensure a soft yet welcomingly minimalist interior.

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mono housing development interiors by note design studio

Apartments here were sold even before the scheme broke ground.

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mono interior design by note design studio in stockholm

Large windows ensure interiors are awash with natural light.

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Mono rooftop design by Daniel Bell

Bell’s design combines planting and decking areas.

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Mono rooftop landscape design by Daniel Bell

The landscape designer’s style is fairly informal and relaxed. 

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Mono rooftop landscape architecture by Daniel Bell

The design concept features a mix of local and foreign plant varieties.

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Mono rooftop landscaping by Daniel Bell

Mono’s luxurious rooftop terrace offers residents the opportunity to dine al fresco for a large part of the year.

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For more information visit the Note Design Studio website and the Daniel Bell website

Emma O'Kelly is a freelance journalist and author based in London. Her books include Sauna: The Power of Deep Heat and she is currently working on a UK guide to wild saunas, due to be published in 2025.