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Monday, 10 October 2011

Torpedos in Stockholm




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.

8 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That looks scarily (is that a word) impressive and the pictures are pretty cool. I do like the colour of the walls and think that sort of building would be great to use for lots of artist/designer studio spaces - just a thought ;-) xo

Rachel said...

Maybe it's not being used yet, and you've just given someone a great idea...!

liliannattel said...

How interesting to have torpedoes lying around--I wonder why that as a display choice.

Tabor said...

Probably would not stay there unless it was the very last place in the city.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Those do look scary.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a very weird thing to have in the street! a bit creepy, I think! :)

becky said...

Or maybe it's just a warehouse these days...

Charlotte said...

I like Mademoiselle's suggestion of converting to artist/designer studios. They definitely look neat! Also, I don't speak Swedish either, but your translations sound pretty accurate :)

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