Terii’s Cycling Babble

So Fast. So. Very. Fast. » 04-14 b The Tower

The tower I’ve been seeing from Haga.

The tower was built in 1908 by the initiative of Professor Bergianus Veit Brecher Wittrock, the creator and superintendent of the gardens. The building’s original color was blue of the Swedish flag.

The tower was designed by architect Oskar Lindberg, but after just eight years, a thorough restoration and redesign was carried out by architect Ragnar Hjorth. That was when it received its present roof terrace, crowned by an oval orb in zinc, originally drawn as a pine cone.

The building was used as a vantage point and for the storage of the garden’s collections of seeds and cones. Professor Wittrock also had his workplace here. It is said to have been used as a judges’ tower during horse competitions on the ice of the bay. Today, it is an artists studio.

The interior of the tower has been unchanged since the 1930’s. Together with the Victoria House, it is a significant element of the cultural setting of the park.

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