Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of GSAPP’s Historic Preservation Program, speaks with Björn Ehrlemark and Carin Kallenberg, co-directors of Neighbors of Architecture, in advance of their Spring 2020 lecture at the school. Based in Stockholm, Neighbors of Architecture produces architectural culture in the form of exhibitions, events, and publications.
The duo discusses their project, Architecture in Character, which tells the story of how a lost architecture was pieced back together from the fragments of Swedish crime film fiction. St Görans girls’ vocational high school in Stockholm by the architect Léonie Geisendorf is perhaps little known beyond the local Brutalism connoisseurs. However, in the early 2000s, the high-rise was left abandoned, with much of its original 1960s interiors intact. In the years following, the building was used as a set for a number of ”Nordic Noir” films. However, the building’s movie career ended as abruptly as it had begun. In Architecture in Character, Ehrlemark and Kallenberg use scenes from the building’s thriller days to tell a different story. This time St Görans plays itself.