79 & PARK

15th May 2020

Years ago, when I first started blogging in the days before Copperline, I had a property blog called The Property Files. I used to write about property every week for two newspapers, and when work stopped with one (budgets, budgets) and was reduced by over a half with the other (yes, also budgets) I found myself itching to still be sharing properties. So I started a blog about Scottish properties, and every week I’d feature something national, and then on Fridays, something international. I called this slot International Fridays as it always felt like a nice way to end the week, virtually strolling through a lovely house or apartment somewhere.

And I thought it might be fun to revisit that idea, only now as a series called Scandi Fridays, given my ongoing love of all this Scandi. (Anyone with me here?) So I’m starting with this pretty incredible looking apartment within 79 & Park in Stockholm. The development was designed by the renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his studio BIG and was completed in 2018 – you can read more about it in this article from Dezeen.

I found this apartment while scrolling through Lagerlings’ listings and was struck by the volume and the light thanks to these incredible full-height windows, not to mention that spiral staircase that leads between the balcony that’s accessed from the open plan living room and kitchen, and the roof terrace above. Outdoor living space has never felt more important than now during lockdown, and this development prioritises external space as an integral part of the design concept as each of the 196 units has access to private and shared roof terraces. Notably, this development won gold in The International Property Awards in the category of best housing projects in Europe.

Also, I’m just enjoying the mood of this space and the natural palette and materials with this white, grey and oak palette. Simple and crisp, this neutral approach leaves the drama to those windows, the light that’s literally flooding in, and the long views. I’m also admiring this elongated doorway in the photo below with its minimal oak detailing. Nice.

See this apartment’s listing on Lagerlings here.

All photography via Lagerlings.

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