Ny Svensk Arkitektur – New Swedish Architecture 1939 is a wonderful book that showcases the newest architecture in Sweden built in the late 1930s. The book was published by the Swedish architects’ association Svenska Arkitekters Riksförbund, and the editorial committee was formed by architects Nils Ahrbom, Moje Bergsröm and Sune Lindström. The preface is signed by the esteemed Swedish art historian Gregor Paulsson (1899–1977).
The showcased projects are presented with black&white photographs, architectural drawings and short projects descriptions in Swedish and English. The contents are divided into functional sections: housing; buildings for education; buildings for social welfare such as hospitals and nursing homes; buildings for communications, commerce and administration and factories; recreational buildings such as theatres, restaurants, concert halls and cinemas; and sport facilities. For those interested in Scandinavian functionalism, the book is full of treasures by leading architects such as Sven Markelius and Hakon Ahlberg.
The copy in stock is an ex-library book bound in grey-brown cardboard covers. There are some stamps and other typical library markings, but the book is completely usable and the pages are tidily in place.