This word has got a new meaning today and when you say “firewall” most people are probably thinking of an electronic solution to keep hackers and other unpleasant visitors from cyber space away from your computer. When I was a kid, it still meant “a wall between houses built to stop a possible fire from spreading from one house to the house beside it”. I saw many firewalls when I grew up. Stockholm city was undergoing drastic changes and many old, beautiful buildings were brutally torn down and replaced by huge modern box shaped office buildings.
There were always a couple of houses waiting for their turn and the naked brick of their firewalls underlined the impression that something was missing and it was indeed. It was a quiet way of pointing out that a house in which people had lived used to be there and the firewall was now waiting for its turn to become the the excavators’ next victim.
The city centre was completed, I grew older and forgot about the firewalls until a couple of weeks ago when I found one on a walk about with the camera. It didn’t look as I remembered them but I liked it and took a couple of photos of it and this is what i saw: