Norra Storgatan, Helsingborg
Norra Storgatan is a street in central Helsingborg. The street is one of the oldest in Helsingborg and was added in stages from the 14th century until the 17th century. Several of the city's oldest buildings are also located along the street.
Norra Storgatan extends from the easternmost part of Stortorget and north, where it ends at the intersection with Nedre Långvinkelsgatan at Tycho Brahe's site. Along the route, the street is not crossed by any other streets, but is instead met by a number of T-junctions. The first, seen from the south, is Strömgränden, which calls at Norra Storgatan from the west. This is followed by Springpostgränden which meets the street from the east and slightly further north by Hästmöllegränden which comes from the west. At Tycko Brahe's site, the street bends slightly and continues north in the form of Fågelsångsgatan.
Along the entire stretch, Norra Storgatan is a north-way one-way car street with slightly narrow sidewalks on each side. The western side of Bilgatan consists of a cycle path, while the eastern side consists of parking, but only in the northern part of the street. At the beginning of the street in the south, at Stortorget, the buildings are tall and monumental in the form of the Post Office on its eastern side and Trygg Hansahuset on its western. After these two buildings, the building height drops significantly to only two floors. The only exception is the residential building at the intersection with Springpostgränden's north side, which is three storeys high. The street opens up at Henckelska gården, with its open space, which also provides greenery in the form of several trees. The facades of the buildings vary between plastered, half-timbered and exposed brick. The style is largely classicist, except in the two late modernist buildings Trygg Hansa-huset and EPA-huset (now Magnus Stenbock-gallerian).
These two buildings both face their backs to the street, and have thus given the street something of an alley character. The design of the backs affects both the street scene and street life. Towards Norra Storgatan, Trygg Hansa-husets has a rather narrow arcade instead of sidewalk, while EPA-huset has a raised walkway that shields the house's operations from the street. The arcade in Trygg Hansahuset contains large shop windows and entrances to shops, but tenants in the house have chosen to instead have warehouses facing the arcade and have therefore covered the shop windows and turned the entrances into staff entrances, which makes the arcade underused. In the same way, the elevated passage of the EPA building is underused. This house also has large cargo gates for the store operations and a driveway to roof parking facing the street, which largely contributes to the feeling of back street.
Along the street are several buildings of greater historical significance for Helsingborg.
Jacob Hansen's house
The street's western parallel street is the pedestrian street Kullagatan, where most of Helsingborg's shopping life is located. While Kullagatan consists almost exclusively of retail, Norra Storgatan's range is more varied and ranges from restaurants and bars to design shops and travel agencies, as well as a large number of hairdressers and beauty salons. This variation means that street life continues around the clock most days of the week, unlike Kullagatan, which becomes very empty after the shops close. When Kullagatan's stores are open, however, street life on Norra Storgatan is affected, which then mostly becomes a communication street to reach Kullagatan.
Conservation Planning Committee, City of Helsingborg: Helsingborg City Center - Conservation Program 2002, Bergstens tryckeri, Helsingborg 2003. ISBN 91-631-3664-3