The functionalist-style townhouses were designed by architect Paul Hedqvist and built by Olle Engkvist in 1929-1932. They later became known as Per-Albinhusen after Engkvist’s friend, prime minister Per-Albin Hansson, who moved into Ålstensgatan 40 soon after they were built. Today the popular townhouses are listed buildings due to their national architectural importance. International functionalist architecture developed during the aftermath of World War I and was inspired by a need to build a better world for the growing population through highly functional housing. Functionalist structures typically feature identical mass-produced elements, cubic shapes, clean-lines and the use of basic raw materials. The genre was a major influence on Funkis architecture which became popular in Sweden in the 1930’s.
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