A stroll through Kiruna
The town hall
Built in the 1960s, this is one of Kiruna’s most iconic buildings. Many Kiruna residents are distraught that the town hall, with its open and welcoming atmosphere, cannot be moved. In 2018, politicians and civil servants will relocate to the new town hall in the new town center.
Hjalmar Lundbohmsvägen 31
The second building constructed in Kiruna was the home of the town’s founder, Hjalmar Lundbohm, until he left in 1920. The building will be relocated in 2017 to the new business area close to Mount Luossavaara. A good place to start for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of Kiruna.
This yellow timber building is where the customers of mining company LKAB, as well as politicians, stay when visiting the town. Its special architecture has made the hotel one of the most cherished buildings in Kiruna. It is due to be moved in 2017 and ready for occupation in early 2019 in the new business area.
Kiruna’s magnificent wooden church was built between 1909 and 1912. It is shaped like a traditional Sami timber cabin and is one of the largest wooden buildings in Sweden. The church, which is a must-see for any visitor, is going to be dismantled and reinstated in the new town center in 2020.
Spottkoppen and Snusdosan (The Spittoon and The Snus Box)
The two most eye-catching buildings in Kiruna town center. The buildings, 10 and 12 stories high respectively, were designed by architect Ralph Erskine. Spottkoppen and Snusdosan are located in the zone that is next in line for relocation. The buildings are not being moved and will disappear in the 2020s.
The old railway station
The brick Kiruna railway station is a heritage building. However, it will eventually be swallowed by the mine. The building is no longer in use because the railway line was moved in 2013.
Bläckhornen (The Ink Pots)
Classic workers’ housing in the Siberia district of Kiruna. Built in the early 20th century. Fourteen of these buildings will be moved in the coming years.
Text: Jens Kärrman
Published: December 19, 2016