Monday, 10 October 2011
There's an impressive display of (hopefully inactive!) torpedoes outside the imposing mustard-coloured facade of Stockholm's Torpedverkstaden. I don't speak Swedish, but I assume that translates as something like "torpedo work station" (though stadt is 'town' in German, which doesn't help much).
A little further along, the same building bears the inscription Mindepartementet which (again without the aid of any Swedish vocabulary) I decided must approximately mean "mine department", though there were no mines on display to help out with this translation.
It looked like the buildings might have fallen out of use, though they're still in good condition; we certainly didn't see anyone making mines or torpedoes! I can just imagine this place getting a second lease of life as a quirky hotel, with a military theme. Unfortunately, I suspect the mundane reality is that it's being used for office space.