Photo: Eva Dalin
Photo: Eva Dalin


Gula villan was designed by architect Adolf Wilhelm Edelsvärd (1824-1919) and built in 1883 as a residence for Abraham Forssell at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture. A later resident was botanist Jakob Eriksson, who used the house as a laboratory. Eriksson and his assistant, Ernst Henning, explored plant diseases and gained great international recognition. Legendary parties were held at the Eriksson family home, with guests such as Svante Arrhenius. The Experimental Field was restructured in the early 20th century, and after Eriksson retired, various researchers lived here, including Olof Arrhenius. Between the 1930s and 1960s, the house served as the residence of the secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture, and between 1988 and 2005, the house was shared by the Science Faculty Club and the Humanities Faculty Club.

What is here today

The Faculty of Humanities and the Humanities Faculty Club use the house for work rooms and meetings.

Fun facts

When the University moved to Frescati in the 1970s, the student union rented the house and renovated it as a daycare centre, “Knattekåren”.

The festival Pop Dakar once started its shows on the house porch.