Alma mater is an allegorical Latin phrase for a university or college. Translated as “nourishing mother”, it suggests that a school provide intellectual nourishment to its students and the phrase can be traced back to the motto of the University of Bologna, founded in 1088.
Alma is also the name of a members’ club and private workspace located in Stockholm. Founded to provide intellectual and social nourishment to our members, Alma offers a place to work, meet, dine and socialize, and provide access to reciprocal member clubs around the world.
Recognizing the growing need for new forms of workspace and collaborative environments, Alma opened its doors on Nybrogatan 8 in Stockholm in 2017. Space for work and play, Alma was founded for the sole purpose of nurturing people and their ideas. Designed to meet the working needs of entrepreneurs, teams, and individuals, predominantly in innovative and creative industries.
The building, which for many years was home to Beckman’s School of Design, has been reimagined together with a group of architects and designers who have created furniture and products specifically for the house, all brought together by Alma’s Creative Director Fredrik Carlström and operated by General Manager Pierre Astell and Marketing and Members Manager Petra Stenvall Thompson.
The five-story structure has a mindful balance of work and social spaces, including dedicated work areas, rooms for meetings and collaboration, a state of the art music studio, an outdoor terrace, a bar, and communal and private dining spaces. The restaurant, overseen by chefs Gordon Grimlund and Nathalie Nordström, serves meals exclusively for members and their guests.
The bar Alma Trägårdh serves seasonally inspired drinks and great classics, overseen by head bartender Andres Basile and program manager Lill Lindqvist and is open also to non-members Wednesdays through Saturdays.
A rich cultural program provides members and the creative community with talks, exhibits, entertainment, parties, and opportunity for collaboration. Integrating architecture, product design, and art, with cultural programming and services, Alma was created by the very people it caters to.
Architectural firm Tham & Videgård helped refurbish the building and proposed elements that provide continuity throughout the space—a colored patterned floor made of ceramic tiles, a system of built-in shelves, and a circular pendant light was designed specifically for Alma and used as a floating ceiling throughout the space. The resulting signature “w171 Alma” is produced by Wästberg and won “Best Lighting” at the 2017 Stockholm Furniture and Lightning Fair.
The one-of-a-kind tableware used in the restaurant is now on its second edition where ceramicist Rikard Palmquist designed the first and Samir Dzabirov the second. Shaker-inspired wood details throughout the house were made by carpenter Moa Ott. Hand-made ceramics signs and hangers were commissioned by Sara Söderberg. A mobile light installation was designed by Kasper Friis Kjeldgaard and artist Helena Lund Ek was commissioned to create site-specific paintings, spreading across several floors.
Adding furniture from producers like PP Møbler, De La Espada and Austere with design by the likes of Ilse Crawford, Neri & Hu, Matthew Hilton, and Hans Wegner, Alma is in essence one giant showroom for great design and art. Just months after its opening Alma was awarded “Best Interior Design” by The Association of Swedish Architects.
Many of the designs and furniture you see at Alma are available for purchase. Please visit our shop, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Being a private community, Alma is made up of entrepreneurs, teams, and individuals working in technology, design, venture investing, architecture, film, fashion, branding, music, art and media. We offer five types of membership: Open, Dedicated, Studios, Private Office and Out-of-Town.
Open gives you unlimited access to all floors with communal workspace, the restaurant, and other social spaces. You also have the ability to book meeting rooms, attend all programming events and use the many amenities offered in the building.
Dedicated members enjoy all the benefits of Open with the added convenience of a permanent desk and storage space, while Studios are available for teams that prefer to sit together in their own designated space and have the ability to work behind closed doors.
The Private Offices in the front of the building, combine the privacy of a traditional office with all of the services and amenities that Alma offers.
Out-of-Town memberships are individually customized and available for those not based in Stockholm who need an inspiring place to work, collaborate and socialize while in town.
If you would like to become a member, please apply here. Alma is a small and intimate community and the Membership Committee meets monthly to admit new members when space is available.
See Alma’s programme here.