KNACKERIET is a members' club and coworking space in Stockholm. Our objective is to create a community of interesting startups, talented entrepreneurs and fun individuals.
Together we share around 600 m² in a historical building near the Main Square in Old Town Stockholm. Our building connects to the beautiful courtyard Cepheusgården - the largest, greenest and most secret garden in the Old Town.
Our neighbourhood is the oldest in Stockholm. Commerce and entrepreneurship has been going on right here for more than 800 years. Back then, most of what we now call the "Old Town" was still under water.
Our building is a national heritage of the highest classification in Sweden, a so called "Statligt Byggnadsminne". The oldest parts of the building is from 1420.
Our building became the office for the Royal Numbers Lottery - "Nummerlotteriet" in 1771. The Numbers Lottery was founded by King Gustav III, who also founded the Opera and the Swedish Academy.
King Gustav III made an unbloody coup d'état in 1771. The iconic poet Carl Michael Bellman supported the king in his songs and writings. A few years later the king appointed Bellman as the secretary for the Number Lottery. Bellman officially worked here from 1774 until his death in 1795 - though he probably spent most of his time in bars and brothels.
Our largest meeting room, the Bellman Room, has interior from around 1780-1790. The hand painted wallpaper is from the 1930's. Many of our books with Bellmans' poems and writings are from 1840.
History of our Garden
Our large beautiful garden "Cepheusgården" is the flowering oasis of the Old Town. In mid-april the Magnolia tree blossoms, an event that signals the arrival of summer in Stockholm.
The history of our garden is richly intertwined with the history of Stockholm. In 1930 the Old Town was considered a horrible slum and there were serious plans to demolish the entire Old Town.
Some people opposed this. As an experiment, the buildings in the Cepheus neighbourhood were bought up and and carefully restored and sanitized. Under the guidance of architect Albin Stark, thirteen buildings were torn down to give the remaining buildings more light. Our beautiful garden was created.
As this experiment was considered successful, it was decided that the rest of the Old Town would be saved from demolition.
Becoming a Member
As a KNACKERIET member you can choose between flexible seating, fixed desk, or to get your own room/s. If you are a struggling entrepreneur we can offer some discounts. Membership includes access to Knackeriet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please note that we do not have drop-in or day-passes. We prefer members that remain for at least a few months, preferably longer.
If you would like to become a member, please apply for membership by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form below. Don't forget to tell us about yourself and/or your team, and include links to current or previous work.
Knackeriet is an intimate community and the membership committee meets monthly to admit new members when space is available.