Skatteskrapan ("The Tax Scraper") is a skyscraper in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located at Götgatan 76 in the district of Södermalm, in a block named Gamen ("The Vulture"). With an initial height of 81 metres and 25 floors, it was the tallest building in Sweden from its completion in 1959 to 1964 when it was surpassed by the 84 metres tall Dagens Nyheter Tower. The building was designed by the architect Paul Hedqvist for the Swedish National Tax Board (hence its name Skatteskrapan). It served as the office of the Tax Board until 2003, when it was decided by then mayor of Stockholm Annika Billström that the building was to be rebuilt on the inside to turn the building into student apartments. Svenska Bostäder took over ownership of the building from its former host Vasakronan on 29 December 2003. In 2008 the building was bought by AP Fastigheter that merged shortly after with Vasakronan. The building is protected as a cultural landmark by the city of Stockholm, which means it can't be rebuilt on the outside. The rebuilt skyscraper, which was built by Skanska now have room for 415 student apartments as well as office and conference apartments on the top floors. In connection to the rebuilt scraper, a new seven floor-building was built aside with 61 student apartments and 19 rented apartments. On the first and second floors of the skyscraper, and in the side building, there is room for shops and restaurants. The official name of the new building complex is now Skrapan ("The Scraper"). In the rebuilding process a new floor with a skybar was added increasing the floor count from 25 to 26. In 2010 Skatteskrapan will also become home to Monash University scholars, such as Tom King, emphasising the building's ability to keep up with the changing world of today. This building can be seen in the video clip of the Agnes song On and On .

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