Strömparterren in Stockholm opened as the city’s first public park in 1832. It´s a extraordinary place. Situated in the middle of the Stockholm stream, between the opera and the royal castle, it still is somewhat off centered. Hard to find but once you do, easy to love. It owes much of its atmosphere to the fact that it´s detached of city life. This has also caused problems through the years and the park has at times been abandoned and almost forgotten. 2008 it was decided to restore the park and LOLA landscape architects won the competition for the park design. It took until 2012 for the project to be finished and DINELLJOHANSSON was asked to complete the park with two pavilions. One café pavilion and one pavilion for technical utilities. The café pavilion is equipped with a basic kitchen and is meant to become an annex to the future restaurant under the vaults of passing Norrbro. The design concept works with the idea to strengthen the connection up to the bridge. Therefor the roofs are handled like the buildings fifth façade, shaped with equal attention as the facades you meet down in the park. Each roof has one window which collects the daylight and spreads light up to Norrbro after dawn.
Both roof and façade are painted with traditional linseed oil paint. Behind the wooden façade ribs the café has windows of extruded thermoplastic to light the workspace with daylight. The technical utilities building which has no use for windows, has mirroring surfaces in the same position, duplicating the parks floral splendor.
In spring 2014 a glass roof will be added to give shelter to café guests on rainy days. It´s shape is inverted in relation to the pavilions with a window directed towards the earth. It will collect and channel the rainwater to the plantation below and allow the greenery to climb up and spread under the roof. See you there on a warm summer night