This beautiful book presents architect Juha Leiviskä (b. 1936) in full spectrum. The book includes complete catalogue of works and biographic information until 1999. The projects descriptions have been meticulously composed by Juha Leiviskä himself and the illustrations display models, plans, sketches, sections and handsome photos of the finished buildings.
One of the gems in this wonderful treatise is Juha Leiviskä’s Architectural Monologue which is a transcripted audio recording conducted at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki on 4 and 14 October 1996. Kenneth Frampton’s perceptive essay on Leiviskä’s earthly yet fine take on Nordic Modernism positions Leiviskä’s award-winning architecture within the international landscape of modern architecture.
I have noticed that truly great artists are in a sense not ‘aesthetes’ at all. When they talk about their work they are not moved by themselves, they do not start to wax poetical, they don’t begin to slobber, they just talk about real things, practical aspects. Musicians talk about bowing, fingering and phrasing, in a way that is completely understandable to the layman. Poetry, the sigh of eternity, can be felt powerfully in their performances. The description of architecture is the same, verbose nonsense is easily talked about it. The important things cannot easily be explained in words, instead there are plenty of practical aspects which certainly can be talked about.
— Juha Leiviskä, An architectural monologue: autobiographical fragments, p. 17.
For further information about Juha Leiviskä, please read his 80th-anniversary interview on finnisharchitecture.fi (by Anni Vartola, yes that’s me).