Photographer's Note

The view from Katarinahissen on Södermalm, Gamla Stan (and other places). Katarinahissen is a passenger elevator that connects Slussen (the lock area) to the heights of Södermalm. The original lift was constructed in 1881, but the current structure dates from 1936. The lift has been closed since 2010 due to lack of security in the construction.
What you see below is the Slussen area. The area is named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The locks allow passage between these two bodies of water (of different levels). Slussen also refers to the cloverleaf interchange and associated pedestrian passages and walkways created in 1935.Political plans for reshaping the area began in the 1970s. A vigorous discussion in Swedish media followed with some arguing that Slussen was a unique historic example of traffic engineering and thus should be preserved, while others argued that many of the original design features were either no longer needed due to other traffic relief projects such as tunnels that had been completed over the previous few decades, or were unusable due to physical deterioration of the structure.

After conducting a competition, in May 2009 the city of Stockholm announced that the firm of Norman Foster had been selected to create a new master plan of the Slussen area. The design of Foster and Partners features two linked pedestrian bridges and one for traffic. It removes many of the existing roads and creates several new blocks of buildings in proximity to the waterfront. (After Wikipedia).
You can see here the towers of City Hall and Riddarholm church.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13052 W: 139 N: 33765] (153944)
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