Saturday, October 25, 2008

10.25.2008 - Stockholm to Copenhagen

The day began as we headed south of Stockholm to Woodland Cemetery, designed by architects Asplund and Lewerentz, competed in 1915. The vast landscape, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a gently rolling terrain, large open lawns, and densely wooded burial sites. Scattered across the site are numerous chapels and a crematorium, each of a distinct design. The landscape and buildings are an example of early modernist design.

The public transportation system in Sweden was impressive for its efficiency, speed, and comfort. Both the Metro system in Stockholm as well as the regional rail system ran smoothly, quickly, and on-time.

After arriving in Copenhagen, we checked into the Danhostel Copenhagen City, the first design hostel in Europe, appointed with designer furniture by Möbi. We met for dinner and drinks with UCLA alumnus Kai-Uwe Bergmann, who currently works for Bjarke Ingalls Group (BIG) in Copenhagen. We dined at Wagamama, an inexpensive Asian fusion restaurant, outfitted with high-end interior finishes an articulated façade composed of twisted aluminum louvers designed by 3XN Architects of Copenhagen.

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