Kungsträdgården (Tub3, all lines)

Kungsträdgården (literally, "the King's garden") is the name of a park in central Stockholm.  It's also the site of a unique underground station that was very controversial when it was being built.

During the 1950s and 1960s, large areas of central Stockholm were demolished, and modern buildings were constructed.  For much of this period, the downtown looked like it had been bombed -- in fact, I read recently that it wasn't uncommon for American visitors to ask whether the Germans or the Allies had bombed Stockholm.

By about 1970, Stockholmers had gotten tired of living in a city that was bulldozing its past out of existence, and that looked like the site of a major disaster of some kind.  When plans to build an underground station at Kungsträdgården became known in detail, and it emerged that one entrance to the station would be placed IN the park and require a number of very old elm trees to be cut down, the people of Stockholm decided they'd had enough.

In June of 1971, when the elms were scheduled to be felled, protests in the park turned into full-scale riots, with police trying to deal with ordinary citizens who'd chained themselves to the trees to save them.  Even the "all-good-things-come-from-America, if-it's-old-it's-bad" politicians who were running Stockholm at the time realized they couldn't continue to ignore the storm of feeling that had arisen.  The architects had said that IN Kungsträdgården was the only possible place to put that south entrance, but suddenly it turned out to be entirely possible to locate it nearby on Arsenalgatan.
The station was opened on 30 October 1977.

Here are some pictures of that south entrance.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, ceiling

(26 February 2001)
When you reach the platform level from the south entrance, this ceiling catches your eye.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, passage to platform

(26 February 2001)
This short passageway leads to the platform.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, left-hand chamber

(26 February 2001)
If you peer over the low wall on the left-hand side, here's what you'll see...



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, right-hand chamber

(26 February 2001)
...and here's what's on the right-hand side.
These are relics saved from some of the buildings in central Stockholm that were torn down.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, right-hand chamber, looking toward escalators

(26 February 2001)
A view of the same chamber as the picture immediately before, looking back toward the escalators.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, gate to left-hand chamber

(26 February 2001)
This gate leads to the left-hand chamber.



Kungsträdgården, south entrance, statue on platform

(26 February 2001)
When you reach the platform, this fellow greets you.  The name of the street that this entrance is on (Arsenalgatan) is written on the ceiling.

Here are some pictures taken on the platforms at Kungsträdgården.



Kungsträdgården, platform, train indicator for opposite platform

(26 February 2001)
Just in case you find yourself at the wrong platform face, this sign informs you that there is a train on the other platform going to the indicated destination.



Kunsgträdgården, Cx train arriving

(26 February 2001)
A train of older stock arriving.



Kungsträdgården, artwork on track wall

(26 February 2001)
A piece of artwork on one of the track walls.



Kungsträdgården, C20 train arriving

(26 February 2001)
A train of C20 stock arriving at Kungsträdgården.



Kungsträdgården, platform, gates to north entrance

(26 February 2001)
These gates are on the platform next to the north entrance.

Here are some pictures from the north entrance.



Kungsträdgården, north entrance, mosaic column

(26 February 2001)
This unusual column is at the top of the stairway and escalator at the north entrance.



Kungsträdgården, north entrance, painting on wall

(26 February 2001)
This painting is on the wall at the top of the stairway and escalator (the people you see on the right are on their way down to the trains).



Kungsträdgården, north entrance, posters on wall

(26 February 2001)
This wall is plastered with posters for cultural events in Stockholm.

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