East Wing, Övre Haga.
The area of Övre Haga with its main building, wings and outbuildings lies in a beautiful setting within Haga Park [Hagaparken]. A stately historic building with a heritage dating back to the late 18th century. The east wing accommodates two functional rental apartments situated in a truly historic environment.
The East Wing (Östra Flygeln) at Övre Haga is part of an establishment originally erected in about 1790 as an inn and living accommodation, in the northern part of Haga Park. The buildings were designed by Louis Jean Desprez and Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, two of the most famous architects of their day. The main building contained an inn, with the kitchen and living accommodation in the east and west wings. In the early 19th century, the main building was converted into an orangery.
In 2009, White received a request from the National Property Board Sweden to renovate and convert the wing, as part of its duties as palace architect for Haga. From a single-family home on two floors, to two functional apartments.
How do you fit modern living into such a historic setting? In addition to that, into a setting that also involves nationally important historic buildings subject to strict planning regulations? The answer is closer to involving a general attitude to architectural history than a unique solution for this specific project. Conserving original details while also, as far as possible, creating a comfortable home to present-day standards.
The result turned out to be two spacious homes in which new meets old in perfect harmony. The aim was to impact as little as possible on the original floorplan, with its robust chimney breast in the centre, reminiscent of the building’s time as the inn’s kitchen. Kitchen and bathroom represent the modern and functional, while fixtures such as original joinery work, tiled stoves and doors have been retained.
East Wing, Övre Haga
- Client: National Property Board Sweden
- Project Start/End: 2009-2010
- Completed: 2011
- City: Stockholm
- Photographer/Illustrator: Thomas Zaar
- Jan-Erik Ellfolk