Proud to present - the very first copies of this remarkable publication -


Architect of Death and Life

In cooperation with Park Books and ArkDes Stockholm, 720 pages, 800 color. Kieran Long, Johan Orn, Johan Dehlin, photographs, Mikael Andersson. Cloth edition, with dustcover, $150.
There is no Swedish architect with more influence on contemporary architecture than Sigurd Lewerentz, or indeed more passionate advocates. -  Kieran Long, director Ark Des
The hardest of hard cases -  Reyner Banham on Lewerentz

A four year project, the catalog to the massive exhibit to open Fall 2021 in Stockholm at ArkDes Museum, the exhibit itself designed by London's Caruso St. John Architects. 

You know, in a moment with the book, that you are in great fortune. For the first time, you can see the very texture of the buildings, you can move within them. Each section is at full attention, in its very best form. 

The catalog is structured in three parts - Biography,  Photographs and Archive - each thorough, new, intensive and beautifully displayed. 
There has always been extraordinary interest in Lewerentz's work, from around the world - he is the legend and myth, he is the formidable enigma. It is the Woodland Chapel that designers travel around the world to visit, to hold. It is the flower shop in Malmo, the churches St. Marks and St. Peter.

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This is the first extensive display of Lewerentz work since the 1980s and shall finally bring the genius of this intensely private architect to a brilliant, open view. Born in 1885, his first major project, with the more voluble Erik Gunnar Asplund, came when he was 30 years old, the Woodland Cemetery, which has since been designated a Unesco World Heritage site.

Lewrerentz practiced for 60 years, and died at 90 years old. Two of his most famous churches, St. Marks and St. Peters, were designed in his late 70s. They are visited, and touched, and adored with a kind of passion that few buildings can inspire.


There are books on Lewerentz, most of them out of print, held to the side, not on loan. The AA in London did a book in 1989, Sigurd Lewerentz: The Dilemma of Classicism, and to make the point clear, they created a cover printed on sandpaper, to recreate the surface and material brilliance of Lewerentz projects. The book is now of course a cult object, as well. It cannot, appropriately, sit with any other books, without affecting them.

The buildings of Lewerentz do not shout, they barely reveal, they come with no manual: "it can be hard : you turn up at his very mysterious, strange, unique buildings and you have to think for yourself" - Kieran Long

Here, in a difficult year, a catalog of passion and knowledge, of history and presence, of such intent and labor that it is a literal inspiration. And a remarkable honor.

The enviable Master, with free hands to create superb architectural works of art and to realise the bittersweet dream that almost every architect harbors. He has become a symbol of the freedom that has been lost
-  Folke Edwards

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