Volvo Photo Locations Part 220
Stora Bryggeriet is an industrial building on Lars Forssells gata near Lindhagensgatan on Kungsholmen western beach at Ulvsundasjön in central Stockholm in Hornsberg. Stora Bryggeriet was originally built as a brewery and contained after brewing time many different activities, including Kabi Vitrum and Pharmacia. Nowadays, the pharmaceutical group Octapharma has its Swedish production plant in the building.
AB Stora Bryggeriet was established in 1890 to compete with AB Stockholm Breweries, including Münchenbryggeriet and Hamburger brewery. Stakeholders in AB Stora Bryggeriet were some major bakeries and Stockholms Enskilda Bank. The company wanted a model site and the order went to the German firm Maschinenfabrik Germania in Chemnitz, who made the installation of the machinery. Iron constructions were made by Ludwigsbergs verkstad, probably with German drawings. The German firm also designed the original façade in a neo-Renaissance style but these were rejected and the new order went to Stockholm architect Gustaf Lindgren. He reworked the drawings and gave the building the design as it has today.
In 1975 the pharmaceutical company, Kabi Vitrum, which was a subsidiary of AB Stockholm Breweries, acquired the buildings. The business was changed to pharmaceutical production and research. In 1990 Pharmacia took over operations in the Stora Bryggeriet premises after a merger with Kabi Vitrum and since April 2003, US Pfizer, became the owner of the premises after the merger with Pharmacia. In 2006, Pfizer announced that production in Hornsberg would be closed down by the year 2008. Currently, the pharmaceutical group Octapharma its Swedish operations in the building.
In 2013-2014 an extensive refurbishment of the brewery’s old machine shop was conducted which was very dilapidated. The premises were adapted into offices of pharmaceutical companies Octapharma by architects Joliark. Conspicuous was the large glazed gable against Lars Forsell street. The project was nominated for the Årets Stockholmsbyggnad 2015 which imposed a place three.