Under Threat: Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design
Stockholm, Sweden, 1962
The Museum of Architecture (now known as The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design or ArkiDes) was founded in 1962 as a private foundation. It became nationalized in 1978 and since then it served its educational function.
The ArtDes is housed in two buildings, the the Exercishuset (Navy´s old drill hall from 1853) and a modern building designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo (built between 1994 and 1997).
The exhibitions are conducted in both buildings. The new one also contains offices, a library, an archive and workshop space.
Aforementioned buildings are now under threat of closing down in favor of a governmental authority that is going to be located in their place. Original function of the buildings as well as their integrity are in danger. High artistic and historic values and successful cultural activity for more than 50 years speaks for preservation and not dismemberment of this built heritage.