BANK / NIGHT ASYLUM IN STOCKHOLM
Completed in 1910 at the tail end of the art nouveau movement, Arsenalsgatan 6 has had many incarnations throughout its lifetime, but its initial role as a bank is that which has left the most indelible mark on the building.
The Bank Hotel started life in 1910 as the head office of the Södra Sverige Banking company. Designed as a bold, modern interpretation of a renaissance palace, architect Thor Thorén blended elements of art-deco extravagance with the traditional solidity expected of a bank’s headquarters.
Over the course of its lifetime, the building was home to a succession of banks including Svenska Handelsbanken, Diskontobank and Wermlands Enskilda Bank, followed by a period as an exhibition hall for Orrefors and even a legal library. Each of its occupants has left their mark and the observant guest can see evidence throughout the building.
These historical elements (massive bronze double doors provide a very real reminder of the building’s original purpose) are softened by gentler, subtler design touches – the glass ceiling of the main banking hall, now the Bonnie’s restaurant, is 6 metres high, flooding the interior space with light, and showcasing the elegant blue-green stucco-work of the supporting columns.
When bringing the hotel back to life, care has been taken to preserve all the original features, while presenting them in a fresh, modern aesthetic.
At Bank Hotel we love art so much that we built our own international art collection and let young promising Swedish artists decorate our rooms. Now we’re taking the next step and turning our bank vault into Bank Art Space, where continuous exhibitions will be displayed and curated by art experts CFHILL.
Bank Art Space resides in the former bank vault, with a focus on the contemporary art scene, displaying both private and commercial art. The first exhibition, ‘Swedish Fashion Photography 1952–2019’ was an very popular and ambitious exhibition with 42 different photographs spanning the innocent fifties to the more robust images of the 21st century. The exhibition included works by photographers such as Mikael Jansson, Camilla Åkrans, Denise Grünstein and Robert Nettarp, with unique portraits of Alicia Vikander, Natalie Portman and many more.
Bank Art Space will soon be realesing a new exiting exhibiton with new upcoming photographers and art.