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Lay your hat

— Stockholm


Tasked with transforming an old building on Kungsholmen island into apartments, architect Andreas Martin-Löf went back to its roots as a hat factory. And he was so pleased with the results, he moved in.

Andreas Martin-Löf, Kungsholmen island, Residence

Restoration is a particularly grown-up field of architecture. Restoring something that exists already requires a degree of humility – a quality that ambitious young architects don’t often possess. When Swedish property developer Oscar Engelbert of Oscar Properties bought three 19th-century buildings on Stockholm’s Kungsholmen island in 2009 he challenged architects to sketch how they might be transformed into apartments. It was approached as a conversion, not a restoration project. By chance local architect Andreas Martin-Löf discovered archive…


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