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Sickla Station


The textile patterns of artist Elsa Chartin ornament the concrete at Sickla Train Station in Stockholm, Sweden.

Chartin had always been interested in craftmanship and the special impact of unexpected material pairings. For this project, she envisioned simplified graphic patterns of her original works, but in a mild grayscale. So while the tough concrete recalls the site's industrial history, it also sports lively patterns of fishbone, braid, grid, and more.

The result turned out as beautifully as planned. The station is now easily distinguishable from other stops, with the Graphic Concrete patterns giving it a clear identity.