What should happen to capital's iconic junction?
Paul O'Mahony · 5 Dec 2014, 15:20
Published: 05 Dec 2014 15:20 GMT+01:00
Slussen is one of the city's main transit hubs. It hosts a clover-shaped road network, a warren of tunnels and walkways, metro and bus stations, and locks that let boats pass between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea.
It also links Gamla Stan - the historic old town - with Södermalm island. This scenic location makes it an architectural centrepiece, and many of the city's residents are very attached to the place.
The junction is, however, also in a state of serious disrepair. For two decades, rival camps have debated whether to restore or replace it.
Before September's local elections, plans were well underway to implement Plan A: tear down a dilapidated Slussen and erect a shiny new intersection instead.
But the decision by politicians to postpone the demolition pending an independent review has given fresh impetus to supporters of a Plan B, among them Benny from Abba. This would preserve and restore most of the features of a transit hub seen as a marvel of modernism when it first opened for traffic in 1935.
The Local asked Stockholmers for their views.