Architect of Death and Life
Back in print: The entire Sigurd Lewerentz, his built and unrealized building designs, retail spaces, churches, cemeteries and landscape designs, exhibition architecture graphic and product design, furniture and interiors.
1st edition, 2nd printing, 2022
Text in English
712 pages, 492 color and 264 b/w illustrations and plans
23 x 30 cm
In collaboration with ArkDes, Stockholm
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.
This vast, beautifully designed book offers the most comprehensive survey to date of all of Lewerentz’s achievements in all fields of his manifold work.
Sigurd Lewerentz. Architect of Death and Life was awarded with both the jury prize and with the silver medal in the category "Editorial - Book - Print" of the Svenska Designpriset 2021.
Designed by Malmsten Hellberg, Stockholm.
The book will be accompanying the grand exhibition Sigurd Lewerentz. Architect of Death and Life at ArkDes, Sweden's national centre for architecture and design, on display from October 2021 to August 2022.
Kieran Long has been director of Stockholm’s ArkDes since 2017. Prior to that he established the new Department of Design, Architecture and Digital at Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Johan Örn is curator of collections at ArkDes, Sweden’s national center for architecture and design in Stockholm, where he is in charge of Sigurd Lewerentz’s estate.
«Wahrlich eine Schatzkiste der Architekturgeschichte.» David Kasparek, der architekt
«Ein Buch, umfassend und doch hochkonzentriert, grosszügig im Layout und dabei sehr fein in allen Dingen (Type, Papier, Satz, Druck); ein Buchblock, den kein Rezensentenwort einfach so vom Tisch fegen würde und durch den hindurchzuarbeiten weniger Arbeit war als allererstes Vergnügen.» Benedikt Kraft, DBZ Deutsche Bauzeitschrift
«Large-format, printed in full color, and more than 700 pages, the book weighs in at a hefty 8 pounds. Lewerentz was famous for allowing no cutting of bricks on his jobsite, and a similar rule seems to govern this book. » John Ronan, Architectural Record
«This gorgeous doorstop of a book … Seductive and serious—for the most discerning coffee tables. » Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times
«Architect of death and life is a beautiful book on Sigurd Lewerentz, one that admirably and capably paints a comprehensive portrait of a career more divers than many people realized, myself included.» John Hill, archidose.blogspot.com