The Look of Leisure

The Look of Leisure: History Seaside Villas of the Northern Baltic (ed. Laura Berger, ICOMOS Finnish National Committee & The Finnish Architecture Society, 2021) explores the historical holiday area of the late 19th century.

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The Look of Leisure: History Seaside Villas of the Northern Baltic (ed. Laura Berger, ICOMOS Finnish National Committee & The Finnish Architecture Society, 2021) explores the historical holiday area of the late 19th century.

Summer villas became a special phenomenon on the Karelian Isthmus during the 1870s, when the railway created a new connection between the grand Duchy of Finland and St. Petersburg, the capital of Imperial Russia. The coastal stretch of the Isthmus north-west of St. Petersburg developed into a meeting point between two cultures, as thousands of summer vacationers found the area. Still in the present day, this ‘Northern Riviera’ holds an aura of a glorious ‘Paradise Lost’ of endless summer days and long beaches, populated with beautiful villas and picturesque villages. Above all, the area of Terijoki, today Zelenogorsk, came to epitomize this phenomenon.

This publication, a joint venture of Finnish and Russian authors, explores the rich history of wooden coastal villas. Architecturally these buildings allowed great freedom in design, and came to symbolise summer time leisure. A range of essays introduce perspectives on history, the stylistic exchanges and variations as well as documenting and restoration of the villas. In addition to history, the work at hand offers insights to the contemporary question concerning the future of this shared heritage.
The Look of Leisure: History Seaside Villas of the Northern Baltic, book description on the back cover

The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with previously mostly unpublished archive material such as photographs, architectural drawings, maps, advertisements, newspaper clippings, letters and such.

We are proud to carry this title in our catalogue for the Finnish Architecture Society and the ICOMOS Finnish National Committee.

Weight 705 g
Dimensions 24.7 × 17.4 × 1.8 cm
Author(s)

 Laura Berger, Alexandr Bravo, Elena Scrileva, Elena Travina, Evgeni Balashov, Irina Proschenchenkova, Juhana Heikonen, Lia Kebke, Marina Gavrilova, Olga Ushakova, Pentti Paavolainen, Rafael Dayanov, Svetlana Levoshko, Vitold Muratov, Aimo Nissi, Mona Schalin, Sari Viertiö, Timo Tuomi, Vilhelm Helander

Editor(s)

Laura Berger

Publisher

ICOMOS:n Suomen Osasto r.y., Rakennustaiteen seura

Publishing year

2021

Language

Images

architectural drawings, b&w & colour photos, maps

Binding

Hardcover

Condition

,

Number of pages

205

ISBN

978-952-68812-6-3