Sigurd Lewerentz: The Architect of Life and Death (ArkDes & Park Books, 2021) by Kieran Long, Johan Örn and Mikael Andersson is the most comprehensive book to date about the Swedish master. Research based on original archival material is presented alongside newly commissioned photographs of Lewerentz’s buildings and nearly 800 drawings, photographs, and other pieces from his extraordinary collection at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design.
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.
– Sigurd Lewerentz: The Architect of Life and Death. Book description from the publisher’s website at park-books.com
The book is published in conjunction with the grand exhibition Sigurd Lewerentz. Architect of Death and Life at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, opening in October 2021.