With 700 pages of sketches, photography and analysis, this comprehensive new book is the most detailed study yet of the extraordinary life and work of Sigurd Lewerentz.

Sweden’s most revered architect Sigurd Lewerentz, regarded as one of the most important and enigmatic figures of modern European architecture, is the subject of a major new monograph, published in May 2021 by ArkDes in collaboration with Park Books. You can order the book here →

This vast new book offers the most comprehensive survey to date of Lewerentz’s achievements, newly researched from original objects and archival material uncovered across Sweden, featuring over 700 pages of photographs, drawings, and sketches with essays by leading experts exploring Lewerentz’s life, work and legacy.

Edited by Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes, and Johan Örn, curator of collections at ArkDes, and co-edited by Mikael Andersson, architectural historian and critic, this landmark book will be a significant moment of reassessment. An accompanying exhibition opening at ArkDes on 1st October 2021, curated by Kieran Long and designed by Caruso St John, will be the first major monographic exhibition of Lewerentz’s work in over three decades.

From his late masterpieces, such as St. Mark’s Church in Björkhagen and St. Peter’s Church in Klippan, to the iconic Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, architecture enthusiasts travel to Sweden from across the world to experience the spaces that he designed.

This new book contains brand new photography of all of Lewerentz’s major works by the architect and architectural photographer Johan Dehlin. Designed by the award-winning design-duo Malmsten Hellberg (pictured below), it presents never before seen drawings and sketches of buildings, furniture, and interiors from the collections at ArkDes.

“This monograph is a long-awaited addition to contemporary architecture publishing. There is no Swedish architect with more influence on contemporary architecture today, or with more passionate advocates across the globe, than Sigurd Lewerentz. His work was ubiquitous in the education of all the best architects I had grown up with in my twenty years of writing about, curating and teaching architecture.” Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes and Editor of Sigurd Lewerentz: Architect of Death and Life