Gothenburg: Home to the Ugliest Building in All of Sweden
What an achievement, right?! Congrats, Göteborg!
The Lilla Bommen, lovingly referred to as The Lipstick (Läppstiftet in Swedish) is a high rise in the Lilla Bommen district near the marina. It is an impressive but rather ugly piece of architecture that forms the Göteborg skyline.
It is 22 floors high and has office space, a shopping area, and a restaurant. You can even take the elevator to the very top and get a great view of Gothenburg city. Many locals call it The Lipstick, the Skanska Skyscraper, the Legohaus, and a variety of inappropriate names as well. Most Swedes have declared it to be the ugliest building in Sweden and the Gothenburgers are quite proud of the achievement.
I personally don't find it to be the ugliest building in the world but it really does sour the historic marina setting. You have docks and boats that are hundreds of years old and then...that thing. Can't we move it somewhere else?
I got to see The Lipstick and a huge chunk of Gothenburg on a Padden boat tours. The small boat takes you through the city's canals and around the marina. I definitely recommend it!