It was these motifs (exaggerated arches, heavy Doric columns often strengthened with massive blocks of rustication), rather than delicate Palladian details, that appealed to those early 20th-century architects like Peter Behrens, Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and Gunnar Asplund
whose neoclassicism evolved into modernism.
With Torsten Stubelius, Sigurd Lewerentz devised an exemplary proposal that became the starting point for Lewerentz's and Erik Gunnar Asplund
's collaboration on the Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm.
College-level art library holdings will find much to recommend with GUNNAR ASPLUND
, the only detailed monograph in print on the Swedish architect.
The planned extension of Gunnar Asplund
's library in Stockholm will not go ahead.
Sweden, indeed, demonstrates the positive side of the modernist attitude to death, with the haunting, tomb-less landscape of Stockholm's Woodland Cemetery, laid out by Gunnar Asplund
and Sigurd Lewerentz, but this has not prevented older burial grounds, full of monuments, being carefully tended.
Contributors range from great names of the heroic inter-war period like Erik Gunnar Asplund
and the elder Saarinen, Eliel, to giants of our time like Christian Norberg-Schulz, Kjell Lund and Juhani Pallasmaa.
Phaidon has two substantial monographs on twentieth-century architects, Peter Blundell Jones's Gunnar Asplund
(October, 45 [pounds sterling]) and Robin McCarter's Louis Kahn (October, 45 [pounds sterling]) but the architectural book of the season is Zaha Hadid: Complete Works, edited by Patrick Schumachcr and Gordana Fontana Giusti: 'four volumes slip-cased in ruby-red Lucite' and almost a work of architecture in itself (Thames and Hudson, November, 75 [pounds sterling]).
's 1930 easy chair GA-2 for Kallemo comes in a chrome or powder-coated frame with fabric or leather upholstery.
Within the box that Erik Gunnar Asplund
created in 1928 is a world of its own.
This book does much to redress the lack of attention given to Gunnar Asplund
who, following his death in 1940, was described by Alvar Aalto as 'the greatest among architects'.