ABANDONED & INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

BY BJÖRN SAHLBERG / UPDATES / ABOUT / HOME

Arenastaden / Solna Badlands

Friends forever.

Stockholm, Sweden.

Reflecting over what's to come. Arenastaden, Solna.

Reflecting over what's to come.
April 2008.

Recycled sign. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Recycled sign.
October 2007.

All-recycling. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

“All-recycling”.
October 2007.

One of the many Badsofas. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Have a seat. Foot bath included. #badsofas
October 2007.

SJ, HBG, 25-9-84. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Scribbling inside a freight car: “SJ, HBG, 25-9-84” quite likely meaning “Statens järnvägar, Helsingborg, September 25, 1984”.
October 2007.

Abandoned freight cars. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Abandoned freight cars.
October 2007.

Vintage tagging. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Vintage tagging.
October 2007.

Defunct Scania truck front with the abandoned freight cars in the back. Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

Defunct Scania truck front with the abandoned freight cars in the back.
October 2007.

Arenastaden, Solna, October 2007.

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October 2007.

Steel city. The former home of a car club. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007

“Steel city”. The former home of a car club.
November 2007.

Recycling. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

Recycling.
November 2007.

Surface poetry. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

Surface poetry.
November 2007.

Rain Man. Bulky vintage auto left behind. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

“Rain Man”. Bulky, vintage US-auto left behind.
November 2007.

The late 80s are back, and it brought a sofa. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

The 80s are back, and it brought a sofa. #badsofas
November 2007.

Vintage (very early 90s) piecing by “Jason” on one of the abandoned freigh cars. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

Vintage (early 90s) piecing by “Jason” on one of the abandoned freigh cars.
November 2007.

The wooden pallet supplier's office. Van Gogh's “Cafe Terrace at Night” was an unexpected wall deco. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

The wooden pallet supplier's office. Van Gogh's “Cafe Terrace at Night” was an unexpected wall deco.
November 2007.

Vintage (80s) tagging on one of the abandoned freigh cars. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

Vintage (80s and wee 90s) tagging on one of the abandoned freigh cars.
November 2007.

Scrap sorting. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2007.

Scrap sorting.
November 2007.

Logistics. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2008.

Logistics.
January 2008.

Paint shop. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2008.

Paint shop.
January 2008.

Accept no copies. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2008.

Accept no copies.
January 2008.

Office block. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2008.

Office block.
January 2008.

Not bad, for a human. Arenastaden, Solna, March 2008.

Not bad, for a human.
March 2008.

Yoga mat. Arenastaden, Solna, February 2008.

Yoga mat.
February 2008.

The throne. Arenastaden, Solna, June 2008.

The throne of #badsofas
June 2008.

Freight car. Arenastaden, Solna, June 2008.

Freight car.
June 2008.

Illuminated. Arenastaden, Solna, July 2008.

Illuminated #badsofa.
July 2008.

“Corner sportsfield”. Arenastaden, Solna, July 2008.

“Corner sportsfield”.
July 2008.

Sentinels. Arenastaden, Solna, July 2008.

Sentinels.
July 2008.

Birch wood. Arenastaden, Solna, July 2008.

Birch wood.
July 2008.

Arenastaden, Solna, May 2009.

The #badsofas keep dropping in.
May 2009.

On track. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2009.

On track. #badsofas
November 2009.

For laying cables. Arenastaden, Solna, November 2009.

For laying cables.
November 2009.

Prefab seat supports. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2010.

Prefab seat supports.
May 2010.

Camp site. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2010.

Camp site.
May 2010.

Nearby storage halls. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2010.

Nearby storage halls.
May 2010.

Party leftovers. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2010.

#badsofas with party leftovers.
May 2010.

Auto shop deco. Arenastaden, Solna, June 2008.

Auto shop deco.
June 2008.

Cross roads. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2010.

Cross roads.
May 2010.

Nearby office buildings being removed. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2009.

Nearby office buildings being removed.
January 2009.

A lot of concrete poles were put in to the ground prior starting on the main structures. Arenastaden, Solna, August 2008.

A lot of concrete poles were put in to the ground prior starting on the main structures. The bedrock is deep down around here.
August 2008.

The Friends Arena in the back, the old storage halls in front. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2011.

The Friends Arena in the back, the old storage halls in front.
January 2011.

Surrounding offices and parts of the Mall of Scandinavia being built. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2011.

Surrounding offices and parts of the Mall of Scandinavia being built.
January 2011.

Main structure of the Friends Arena. Arenastaden, Solna, January 2011.

Main structure of the Friends Arena.
January 2011.

Just passing by … 

The storm is coming. Arenastaden, Solna, June 2009.

Storm is coming.
June 2009.

Winter stillness. Arenastaden, Solna, February 2009.

Winter stillness.
February 2009.

The Mall of Scandinavia taking shape. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2014.

The Mall of Scandinavia taking shape.
May 2014.

Friends Arena to the left, bubbly Quality Hotel in the center and the mall-to-be at the right. Arenastaden, Solna, May 2014.

Friends Arena to the left, bubbly Quality Hotel in the center and the mall-to-be at the right.
May 2014.

Overview, spring 2008 

On location in Smältverket.

Overview of the Badlands as of spring 2008. With a few exceptions all of the photos above were taken within this area.
© Google Maps

 

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Hej!  

Yours truly

This is an industrial zone in Solna in northern Stockholm before it was demolished and remade into the Friends Arena, Mall of Scandinavia, glossy offices and posh housing. From start to finish it was a process of around five years. At least one year longer than planned due to a delayed construction start.

I worked nearby as the area was being emptied so there were plenty of opportunities to follow the transition. Of course it had enough qualities for Sunday excursions as well. From people who grew up in the area I got to learn that this spot was once a huge garbage dump. I've been searching for info and pics of this in the community archives but found nothing. Either it's something that evaded the archives or it's been mixed it up with two documented city dumps in Råsunda and Skytteholm.

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Innan arenan, efter Råsunda  

Seen here is my part of the “Innan arenan, efter Råsunda” exhibition at the Solna public library in Stockholm during spring 2013. It was evolved in collaboration with the local heritage club (hembygdsförening) and Solna municipality.

All images were printed with an Roland LEJ UV-curing flatbed printer straight on to 5 mm Forex Smart® foam boards. The result was surprisingly vivid and it's a process I'd recommend to anyone planning an exhibition. Print sizes varied between 32 x 32 to 80 x 80 cm.

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Innan arenan, efter Råsunda

My part of the “Innan arenan, efter Råsunda” exhibition at the Solna public library in Stockholm.
April 2013.

Innan arenan, efter Råsunda

Mounting the prints at the library's gallery.
April 2013.

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