Jordbro, Haninge

Associations active in Jordbro’s Cultural Centre want to open up the house to the square outside. In dialogue with the Muf architecture/art and local artists several public artworks have been produced and a festival has been inaugurated that brings the cultural activities of the house outside to the public square.

On Jordbro

Jordbro is located some 20 kilometres south of central Stockholm in the Municipality of Haninge. Jordbro’s Cultural Centre is a meeting place, comprising everything from environmental workshops to recording studios – all in all some 20 activities are gathered under one roof. However, the cultural centre is located in premises with a closed architecture; it is hard to see what’s going on in the building. Jordbro’s multi-dwelling units were built from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The Jordbro Cultural Centre was founded in 2011. The applicant, Jordbro World Orchestra, acts as a platform for a group of professional producers, musicians, dancers and performing artists. Several associations support the application and are participating in the discussions with the Public Art Agency Sweden.

Muf: How to make visible the everydayness

Muf architecture/art was invited to Jordbro because of their knowledge in working with small grassroot projects and large urban transformation.

What made you want to participate in Art Is Happening Jordbro?

— Just like Sweden we in London use the term densification, and what it means is building a whole lot of housing in existing places. From my work in London I am well aware of the potential loss of value from that process, and one of my selfish reasons was the opportunity to look at London by working in Sweden. And also the freedom of working with a project without any preconception of what the final product would be, sais Muf architecture/arts Liza Fior.

What has been the biggest challenge?

— Like all arranged marriages we had to spend a little time together to understand what Muf could bring to the situation. And perhaps the greatest challenge was to find a way for the culture house who are so busy just surviving, to see what they do and how valuable that is.

What is the artwork about?

— It is about making visible what you are doing every day, to make visible that the new culture house is here in plain sight, right in front of your nose. And what I brought to the situation was the nag, and we offered to bring a nose, an illuminated nose, to substitute for the broken lamppost who hasn’t worked for many years.


  • Jordbro världsorkester

Co-applicants and collaborative partner

  • Recreation Centre Ung 137
  • Blå Vägen

Watch the film on Jordbro kulturhus

Foto/rediting Alex Gabelia, music: Jonatan Wallenberg och Daniel Kurba