This is where the ships of the world were made.

The executive residence was built in 1916, to headquarter the shipyard management and design office. It was here that ships that to this day still sail international waters, were designed. Götaverken, Eriksberg and Lindholmen had at their peak 15,200 employees and ranked as the most important employer in Sweden. The shipyard received orders from shipowners worldwide. Göteborg flourished as a shipbuilding town, and Sweden became a world-leading shipbuilding nation.

When the shipbuilding era drew to a close in 1980, there was no longer a need for the executive residence. “Villan” was considered for demolition in 1990, but the decision makers finally realized that its unique historical value was too great to allow the building to be lost. Instead, a unique operation ensued to conserve the residence. The 800-ton building was transported on barges along the river and back to land, moving it fifty meters from its original location. The bill for a new foundation along with moving and repairing “Villan” was substantial—or more precisely 20 million Swedish krona. But preserving a cultural-historical quarter takes effort.

Göteborg’s shipyard quarters with its fine old traditions are at present undergoing a slow and painstaking transformation. Cranes and overhead gantries are preserved while the residents of Göteborg make their homes in the new buildings lining the embankment. Eriksberg has morphed from a lively shipbuilding arena into a flourishing residential area. Former industrial buildings have become sports halls and many business companies have relocated to the area. Ericsson, Semcon, Caran, Hotell 11, Eriksbergshallen and SVT are a few of the enterprises represented here.