The American scholar Nicholas Adams throws light on the architectural achievements of Gunnar Asplund (1885-1940), Sweden's foremost 20th-century architect.
The American scholar Nicholas Adams throws light on the architectural achievements of Gunnar Asplund (1885-1940), Sweden’s foremost 20th-century architect. His most famous works include the Skandia Cinema and the Public Library in Stockholm, the Entry Pavilion for the Stockholm International Exhibition, built in 1930, and the extension to the law courts in Göteborg (with regard to the latter, he made a decisive contribution to the ensuing debate about the criteria which should be used when adding to existing buildings) and, finally, the crematorium south of Stockholm. Having started out with neo-classical leanings, in 1930, Asplund joined the Modernist Movement, grafting the romantic element of the Scandinavian tradition onto a base of theoretical functionality. Recovering the symbolic meaning of architecture, taking environmental factors into consideration, making sensitive use of techniques and materials, and continuously striving for perfection in the construction and management of his buildings are all hallmarks of Gunnar Asplund’s architectural output.