Sigurd Lewerentz

Architect of Death and Life

The entire Sigurd Lewerentz: built and unrealized building designs, retail spaces, churches, cemeteries and landscape designs, exhibition architecture graphic and product design, furniture and interiors.

 

Title Information

Edited and with texts by Kieran Long, Johan Örn, and Mikael Andersson. Translated from Swedish by Anna Paterson. With photographs by Johan Dehlin

1st edition

, 2021

Hardback

712 pages, 492 color and 264 b/w illustrations and plans

23 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-232-3

In collaboration with ArkDes, Stockholm

Content

Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975) is one of the most highly revered—and also one of the most heavily mythologized—protagonists of modern European architecture. Arguably Sweden’s most distinguished modernist, he is more influential to other architects internationally today than he was during his lifetime. Countless architecture lovers from around the world visit his still existent buildings. Stockholm’s woodland cemetery Skogskyrkogården, his most significant contribution to landscape design, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This authoritative new monograph on Sigurd Lewerentz is based on extensive research undertaken at ArkDes, Sweden’s national center for architecture and design, where his archive and personal library are kept. It features a wealth of drawings and sketches, designs for furniture and interiors, model photographs, etc. from his estate, most of which are published here for the first time, as well as new photographs of his realized buildings. Essays by leading experts explore Lewerentz’s life and work, his legacy, and lasting significance from a contemporary perspective.

This vast, beautifully designed book offers the most comprehensive survey to date of all of Lewerentz’s achievements in all fields of his manifold work.

 

Sigurd Lewerentz. Architect of Death and Life was awarded with both the jury prize and with the silver medal in the category "Editorial - Book - Print" of the Svenska Designpriset 2021.


Designed by Malmsten Hellberg, Stockholm.


The book will be accompanying the grand exhibition Sigurd Lewerentz. Architect of Death and Life at ArkDes, Sweden's national centre for architecture and design, on display from October 2021 to August 2022.

 

Kieran Long has been director of Stockholm’s ArkDes since 2017. Prior to that he established the new Department of Design, Architecture and Digital at Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

 

Johan Örn is curator of collections at ArkDes, Sweden’s national center for architecture and design in Stockholm, where he is in charge of Sigurd Lewerentz’s estate.

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Cover

National insurance institute, Stockholm. © Johan Dehlin

Crematorium. Eastern Cemetary, Malmö. © Johan Dehlin

Meditation grove Almhöjden. The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm. © Johan Dehlin

Seven Springs Way. The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm. © Johan Dehlin

Chapel of Resurrection. The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm. © Johan Dehlin

St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. © Johan Dehlin

St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. © Johan Dehlin

St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. © Johan Dehlin

St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. © Johan Dehlin

Cemetary chapel, Kvarnsveden. © Johan Dehlin

Office building for Philips, Stockholm. Axonometric view. © ArkDes samling/ ArkDes collections.

 

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