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. 

Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975) is one of the most highly revered—and one of the most heavily mythologized—protagonists of modern European architecture. Arguably Sweden’s most distinguished modernist, he is more influential to architects internationally today than he was during his lifetime. 


This remarkable book features a wealth of drawings and sketches, furniture and interior designs, 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.

Sigurd Lewerentz

Architect of Death and Life

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

712 pages, 492 color and 264 b/w illustrations and plans
23 x 30 cm

 In collaboration with ArkDes, Stockholm 


Price:
€ 120.00

«You know, in a moment with the book, you are in great fortune.»

Peter Miller, Architecture & Design Books and Supplies, Seattle

About Sigurd Lewerentz

 Sigurd Lewerentz was born in the north of Sweden, in Bjärtrå, Västernorrland County, on July 29, 1885. He initially trained as a mechanical engineer and an architect at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and followed his education with apprenticeships in Berlin and Munich. When Lewerentz set up an independent practice in Stockholm in 1911, he was joined by his colleague Torsten Stubelius. His first breakthrough came in 1915 when he was awarded first prize in the competition for a new cemetery in Stockholm (The Woodland Cemetery), a proposal created in collaboration with Gunnar Asplund. For the Woodland Cemetery, Lewerentz designed the neoclassical Resurrection Chapel, completed in 1925. During the 1930s he made major contributions to the Stockholm Exhibition of 1930 by way of buildings, furniture, and graphic design. Around this time he also realised two major office buildings in Stockholm. He started to design and produce steel windows and other architectural fittings, a side of his practice that gradually absorbed more and more of his time. In the 1940s, he set up his own factory for these purposes in Eskilstuna. In the mid 1940s Lewerentz oversaw the completion of the Chapels of St. Knut and St. Gertrud, and the Malmö City Theatre – two projects that he had worked on for many years. His notoriety came with the late churches, however: St. Marks in Björkhagen (1960), and St. Peters in Klippan (1966). When Lewerentz died in Lund in 1975, he was regarded as a legend of Swedish architecture. 

«One of the most beautiful books of architecture you’ll buy this year, about one of the most important architects in the history of modern architecture.» 

Kieran Long, Direktor ArkDes 

Cemetary chapel, Kvarnsveden

Cemetary chapel, Kvarnsveden. 
© Johan Dehlin

National insurance institute, Stockholm. 
© Johan Dehlin


St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. 

© Johan Dehlin 


St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. 
© Johan Dehlin 


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


St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. 

© Johan Dehlin 


St Mark's Church, Björkhagen. 
© Johan Dehlin 


St Petri Church, Klippan.
© Johan Dehlin 

Award-winning book

 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.

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