Though it was swallowed up by the spread of Greater Lund long ago, Östra Torn still somehow retains the feel of a “village within the city”—even now, with the E22 highway on its western edge no longer quite the noisy, lethal line of division it once was.
The time is long since past when Östra Torn was home to a significant number of students at Lund University, though a fair few may be found as lodgers in the lofts and spare rooms of the family dwellings that characterise the area. Those families in turn are not quite so frequently connected to academia as they were at the turn of the century… but the neighbourhood nonetheless has a certain bookish-casual vibe about it, despite what might be thought of as a sort of advanced gentrification.
The poster-child for that process would surely be the once-notorious former student housing complex bearing the name “Genghis Khan” (yes, really). Built in the early 1970s by famed architect Kjell Åge Nilson, Genghis comprised more than 300 apartments intended for students with families—which was itself a radical idea at the time—and was built from prefabricated units made elsewhere in Lund, in a factory that closed down a few years afterward.
Genghis became a regular bostadsrättsförening (or co-owned condominium) a long time ago, but its somewhat anarchic attitude, along with traditions such as the annual Bananfesten yardparty, remain an indelible influence on the local scene, and provide the more sober dwellers of Brunnshög something to gossip about.