Kasta inte sten i glashus.
-Swedish proverb, "People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones."
Sweden is a country bursting with artsy, creative people. (Case in point: Mouse-sized art on the streets of Malmö.) Sweden is also a pretty green, sustainable country that prioritizes preserving land and historic buildings. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a 1940s boiler house outside of Gothenburg that closed in 1957 was saved from demolition in the 90s and transformed into a center for contemporary art and culture. Yes, a group of locals started a campaign and a non-profit organization that culminated in the successful opening of the Röda Sten Konsthall ("Red Stone Art Gallery") in 1996. Not only does the gallery have a simple yet fabulous restaurant but it continues to be run by the 1,000-member strong non-profit. The interior of the building has retained the gritty, industrial feel from the 1940s and this pairs well with the modern art on display. According to the gallery's website, "both on the inside and outside of the building you can also see traces of the 80’s and 90’s raves and graffiti artists that hung out here after the heating plant closed down."
So, if you are in the Gothenburg, Sweden, area, be sure to check out this little gem of a place. Röda Sten is accessible by tram, foot, and car. And of course bike, because, well, Sweden.