Johan Celsing

Buildings Texts

Work and philosophy of one of Scandinavia's most renowned contemporary architects



Edited by Pamela Johnson. With contributions by Claes Caldenby, Johan Celsing, and Wilfried Wang. Photographs by Ioana Marinescu

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English


440 pages, 404 color and 254 b/w illustrations, plans, and diagrams

20 x 27.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-170-8


One of Sweden’s most renowned contemporary architects, Johan Celsing has created a diverse body of work, from housing to public institutions, including museums, libraries, and churches. All of Celsing’s work is united by an intense and realistic engagement with the craft of building.

Johan Celsing: Buildings, Texts is the first book to date to comprehensively collect Celsing’s designs. It features both built and unrealized projects through working drawings and sketches, watercolors, models, and new photographs by London-based photographer Ioana Marinescu. In addition to some 660 illustrations, the Celsing’s work is discussed in essays by architects, educators, and critics Claes Caldenby and Wilfried Wang. A selection of Celsing’s own writings rounds out this beautiful monograph.


Pamela Johnston is a London-based editor who works with architects and architectural schools and institutions around the world.


Johan Celsing, born 1955, is principal of Johan Celsing Architektkontor with studios in Stockholm and Malmö. He also teaches as a professor of architecture at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

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Summer House 1, Norrtälje, 1994 © Johan Celsing

Artscape Nordland. Stables © Johan Celsing

Main gallery with inaugural Malevich exhibition, 1999 © Ǻke Eson Lindman

Ǻrsta Church. Interior view looking north © Ioana Marinescu

Ǻrsta Church. North façade facing Ǻrsta Torg (square) © Ioana Marinescu

New Crematorium, plan, as built © Johan Celsing

New Crematorium. Initial sketch of undulating woodland with road and walkway © Johan Celsing

New Crematorium. Facade with public entrance, view from northwest © Ioana Marinescu

New Crematorium. Ceremony room with granite plinth and brass console for candle holders © Ioana Marinescu

Yellow House. West facade with kitchen window © JCA

Yellow House. West facade with kitchen window © JCA


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