Over Frescati, Photo: Clement Morin
Over Frescati, Photo: Clement Morin


Stockholm University is sometimes called a “campus university in a park environment”, surrounded by the inlets Brunnsviken and Lilla Värtan. The area has a diverse population of both foreign and domestic trees, especially old oaks. Together with a rich herbal flora and fauna, this creates a sense of old parkland.


Ever since the first competition regarding the University’s location and environment in 1960, the choice has been to consistently build in the modernist style. This has made the area a unique sample of Swedish late modernist architecture. The question is whether any other place in Sweden has such a large number of buildings from the last half-century of such high class. This has mainly been achieved by three of the most important architects of the post-war era in Sweden: David Helldén, Ralph Erskine and Carl Nyrén. In addition, there is a building designed by Gunnar Asplund that was erected posthumously.


Alongside the beautiful nature and modernist architecture, Frescati offers many interesting works of art, both inside and outside. Most are available to the public and can be seen as part of our cultural heritage. The most distinctive sculptures form a sculpture park. Some of the artists who have contributed their works are Marianne and Sivert Lindblom and Olle Baertling.

Campus areas

Albano, Bergius Botanic Garden, Lilla Frescati, Frescati, Frescati Backe, Frescati Hage, Kräftriket, Campus Kista, Sveaplan, Filmhuset, Garnisonen, Spökslottet, Studentpalatset and Gävlegatan.

Many of these areas have names with a history going back to the late 18th century. After Gustav III’s trip to Italy in 1783-84, many places around Brunnsviken were named after Italian models. Learn more about the architecture at campus.