Claesson Kovisto Rune created a new interior for Stockholm’s Royal Opera House without interfering with the ornately decorated 1895 interior, protected as cultural heritage.
The strongest architectural component is a series of free-standing, giant, angled mirrors, defining the space and separating the passageway from seated guests. The gold-tinted mirrors are laminated with a film that controls the sector of vision, preventing you from seeing your own face clearly reflected.
They also designed a complete range of new furniture, carpets, lighting, etc. made by a handful of Italian and Swedish manufacturers.
The veranda was not protected as cultural heritage, allowing Claesson Kovisto Rune much greater freedom. The floor level was raised to match the dining hall. The windows were cleared, affording a fantastic view of historic central Stockholm beyond.