Sigurd Lewerentz, Pure Aesthetics

Sigurd Lewerentz, Pure Aesthetics

St. Mark’s Church, Stockholm

An atmospheric masterpiece of modern sacred architecture: Sigurd Lewerentz’s Markuskyrkan (St Mark’s Church) in Stockholm’s Björkhagen district



Title Information

Concept, photography, and introduction by Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari. With contributions by Stephen Bates, Maria Aron Berg, Petter Eklund, Hansjörg Göritz, Matthew Hall, and Beate Hølmebakk

1st edition

, 2021


352 pages, 219 color and 15 b/w illustrations and plans

20 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-243-9


St Mark’s Church in Björkhagen, one of Stockholm’s southern districts, is one of Sigurd Lewerentz’s (1885–1975) key designs. In contrast to Lewerentz’s other famous church, St Peter’s in Klippan, no book has been published to date that constitutes a fitting tribute to this masterpiece of brick brutalism.

This new building monograph now opulently and carefully fills this gap. Some 200 newly taken color photographs and especially drawn explanatory plans, alongside essays by distinguished authorities on Lewerentz’s arechitecture, make this book a visual feast. It demonstrates the exquisitely atmospheric St Mark’s Church as a whole and its embedment in the urban landscape. Moreover, it highlights many details, such as floor coverings, furnishings, lamps, banisters, the altar, and other liturgical features. The essays explore aspects of materiality and topics such as the church’s special acoustics and atmosphere in an attempt to reveal the secret of Sigurd Lewerentz’s church designs.


Karin Björkquist is a Stockholm-based photographer. Her work focuses mainly on interior architecture and portraits. Her photographs have been printed in books and magazines throughout the world.  


Sébastien Corbari is an architect with AIX Arkitekter in Stockholm. He is a specialist in Scandinavian architecture, and also works as a photographer.

Authors & Editors

"A carefully developed and beautifully executed book. " John Hill, A Daily Dose of Architecture Books


"The showcasing of the architecture’s hard-to-convey aesthetics and materiality through photography, texts and drawings is of the highest quality—as a MasterChef rating, I would give it 10/10. " Esa Laaksonen, ARK Finnland