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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am currently working as a Junior Architect at Equator Stockholm. Being an architect has been my dream ever since I was 6. One of my primary school teachers asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up; I said 'Architect so I could design a twisted tower'. I have also found my creative studio 'W=YV STUDiO' back in August 2016 just a month after graduating university. The studio is dedicated to minimalist illustration, photography and film-making, which in fact all three are my creative interests and it is the most effective way to pursue them beside architecture!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Frankly speaking, working at Equator is my first professional job and I am loving it. Anything prior to that was done at the university as a volunteer with love and passion during my architectural studies!
Were you born and raised in Stockholm? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Stockholm?
I see myself as one of those international citizens that has been fortunate enough to see a lot of places from an early age. I born and raised in Erbil, Kurdistan. I have lived in Kent, England for 4 years for my university studies and moved to Stockholm soon after graduation. Though I have been to Stockholm with my family pretty much every year after I turned 2 years old.
What’s your current hood in Stockholm and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
So I live in Farsta. It's a good place to live and it's really close to a huge lake, best during sunny days. The worst part of living here is that pizzeria, which is literally 3 mins away from my place and they make delicious pizzas. Because of that, I usually take the longer route to get back home just to avoid that pizzeria otherwise I really can't hold my temptation!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I love Tropical House style because of its summery vibe. I really like alternative and other House styles too. Not to forget, I am in love with light classical music of Karajan! I don't like Rap.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
City Lights by Blanche and Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Game of Thrones. first, because it has the most complicated and unpredictable story lines. Secondly, it is a unique show that put Insane work into details. Lilyhammer is another great crime drama with a brilliant and well served dark comedy. It is very original and I promise you it is not like any of your average TV shows. The last but not least would be Narcos as it is based on a true story. The story telling and the cast are absolutely terrific!
Name some spots in Stockholm that are good for a Tinder date.
The fun fact is, well at least amongst the Millennials, there is no such thing as date in Sweden. Instead, two of you would go for a 'fika' to have coffee . So it is a date but not a date at the same time! Monteliusvägen is a good meeting point, where you have a great view over Gamla Stan, then head to Södermalm where you can find some great cafe spots. A good place in the city is Kaffeverket in Sankt Eriksgatan 88, which is a cafe of the highest class with a wide range of brilliant coffees. Kungsträdgården is also a great meeting spot too.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Let's spread some love, shall we? :)
Who’s your hero and where in Stockholm would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is Carlo Scarpa, the great Italian Architect. He was influenced by the materials (mainly concrete) and landscape. I would take him to Kaknästornet for two reasons. First, Kaknästornet is a great example of Brutalist architecture and the use of concrete in a building in Stockholm. Second, It is the tallest tower in the city, thus we could have a great meal overlooking Stockholm on the 28th floor!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I usually go for Swedish design stores such as COS (for its thoroughly modern minimalism approach) and Boomerang (for its sustainable philosophy). Massimo Dutti is also on my radar!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The sidewalk close to Tullgårdsgatan by Hammarby sjö. It the most deprived walkway ever! It does not even have a name!!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Take a hot-air balloon ride!
Where do you go in Stockholm for a casual night out?
Urban Deli's roof top bar at Sveavägen
Where would you go in Stockholm to celebrate some freaking good news?
I will go to the Tak in Brunkebergstorg if that good news happened to be in a late weekday. Otherwise will go to my all time favourite restaurant Oaxen with few good friends of mine!
What’s your choice of transportation in Stockholm and why?
It would be Cycling. See, Stockholm is magnificent and the best way for me to see new streets and the amazing Architecture the city has to offer would be via cycling!
What are the Stockholm spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Gamla Stan, Kungsgatan, Nybrogatan, Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Kungsträdgården, Skogskyrkogården, Drottninggatan and please go to Tyresta National Park!
What are the Stockholm spots tourists should run from screaming?
Mårten Trotzigs gränd, the narrowest alley in Stockholm.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Stockholm. How do you spend it?
I would definitely go for hiking in Tyresta National Park with my brother and sister. I will cherish the amazing time I have had in Stockholm and talk about fun things and those crazy nights were we pulled all-nighter during design finals (they're currently studying architecture as well)!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Riomaggiore in Italy. Because: A) The village is remarkably beautiful. B) Its water is the bluest of blues and C) During dusk Riomaggiore only gets prettier!