City Hall reception
The city of Stockholm will host a reception for all congress participants at 19:00 at the City Hall
The City Hall of Stockholm is one of the most beautiful and well known buildings in the world, one of the foremost symbols of the city, with its characteristic three crowns and prominent lakeside setting, and the most exclusive ballroom in Stockholm. It is also the site for the yearly Nobel prize festivities.
The City Hall is known for its hospitality, its unique art treasures, magnificent banquettes and an intriguing history attracting close to 400,000 visitors a year. Around 200 politicians and civil servants that govern the City of Stockholm have their offices in this building.
The city of Stockholm invites all attendants of the 1st INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics to a reception at the City Hall the night of the first congress day. A buffet will be served and there will be a tour of City Hall.
Buses for the City Hall will leave from the congress venue (Barnhusgatan 12-14) at 18:30. Please let us know if you plan to go to the City Hall by other means of transportation.
Facts and history
City Hall is one of Sweden’s
foremost examples of “national romanticism”. After twelve years of construction
overseen by architect Ragnar Östberg, the building was inaugurated on
Midsummer’s Eve in 1923. More than 8 million bricks were used in the building
of City Hall. The City Hall Tower topped by three crowns, the Swedish national
coat of arms, rises 106 meters above the edifice. City Hall with its many
offices, meeting rooms, council chambers and stupendous banquet halls provides
a workplace for politicians as well as civil servants.
City Hall’s largest banquet room is the Blue Hall. Original plans called for the bricks in the hall to be painted blue but the architect had a last-minute change of heart and chose to keep the natural red color of the bricks instead. At this point however the name Blue Hall was so firmly established that it was too late to change, so the name remained despite the fact that the hall isn’t blue at all. The Blue Hall houses one of Northern Europe’s largest organs which has some 10 000 pipes and 138 stops. The Blue Hall is probably best known as the venue for the world-famous Nobel Banquet which takes place on December 10 every year. Following the Nobel Prize ceremony at Stockholm’s Concert Hall some 1,300 guests make their way to City Hall for the sumptuous banquet.
After partaking of an exquisite meal in the Blue Hall guests take the stairway up to the Golden Hall to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history.
Directly across the Civic Court lies the Council Chamber where Stockholm’s City Council assembles twice a month. The interior of the Council Chamber is absolutely majestic and its 19 meter-high ceiling takes its inspiration from the Swedish Viking Age. The public gallery has room for about 200 spectators to attend the council meetings.
Next to the Council Chamber is The Oval, a vaulted antechamber whose name is derived from its oval shape. The walls of The Oval are covered with a series of five, 300 year-old tapestries. These precious tapestries were made at Beauvais in France. Every Saturday civil wedding services are conducted in the beautiful Oval.
The Prince’s Gallery which runs along City Hall’s southern long side is primarily used for the reception of honoured guests. The French windows running the length of the Gallery’s south side offer a wonderful view of Lake Mälaren and Södermalm. This panorama is reflected on the Gallery’s opposite wall in the form of an al fresco called “Stockholm’s Shores” created by Prince Eugen, artist and brother of the Swedish King Gustav V.