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Jan 01, 2019

In Context - Gunnebo Castle

A short dream of a summer residence.

In the most beautiful environment, on a top of a hill, surrounded by lakes and the lush forest of Mölndal, rises Gunnebo Castle, a neoclassical dream of a wealthy family. But the dream was short lived, as the family's fame and fortune started to decay along with the state of the property. Now, thanks to many years of restoration, the castle is one of the best preserved treasures of neoclassical architecture and design ideals.


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The architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg was given the assignment to build a summer residence for the wealthy Hall family. Just prior to being handed the task, Carlberg had returned from a long trip abroad where he was intrigued by the neoclassical style that admired in Europe during this time. Carlberg was especially inspired by the Palladian villas of Veneto outside Vicenza and Verona, designed by the renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.

The castle was in a terrible condition when the property was first sold at auction in 1832. As the current owner, the city of Mölndal bought the property in 1949, renovation started with the help of unique treasure of inventory lists found in the house, as well as architect Carlberg's over 200 preserved original drawings.