Sigurd Lewerentz, Pure Aesthetics

St. Mark’s Church, Stockholm

An atmospheric masterpiece of modern sacred architecture: Sigurd Lewerentz’s Markuskyrkan (St Mark’s Church) in Stockholm’s Björkhagen district

 

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Concept, photography, and introduction by Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari. With contributions by Stephen Bates, Maria Aron Berg, Petter Eklund, Hansjörg Göritz, Matthew Hall, and Beate Hølmebakk

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English

Hardback

352 pages, 219 color and 15 b/w illustrations and plans

20 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-243-9

Inhalt

St Mark’s Church in Björkhagen, one of Stockholm’s southern districts, is one of Sigurd Lewerentz’s (1885–1975) key designs. In contrast to Lewerentz’s other famous church, St Peter’s in Klippan, no book has been published to date that constitutes a fitting tribute to this masterpiece of brick brutalism.

This new building monograph now opulently and carefully fills this gap. Some 200 newly taken color photographs and especially drawn explanatory plans, alongside essays by distinguished authorities on Lewerentz’s arechitecture, make this book a visual feast. It demonstrates the exquisitely atmospheric St Mark’s Church as a whole and its embedment in the urban landscape. Moreover, it highlights many details, such as floor coverings, furnishings, lamps, banisters, the altar, and other liturgical features. The essays explore aspects of materiality and topics such as the church’s special acoustics and atmosphere in an attempt to reveal the secret of Sigurd Lewerentz’s church designs.

 

Karin Björkquist is a Stockholm-based photographer. Her work focuses mainly on interior architecture and portraits. Her photographs have been printed in books and magazines throughout the world.  

 

Sébastien Corbari is an architect with AIX Arkitekter in Stockholm. He is a specialist in Scandinavian architecture, and also works as a photographer.

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Cover

Parish Building © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Congregation Rear Yard © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Courtyard © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Courtyard © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Courtyard © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Church © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Church © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Church © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Hall, Stairs and Library © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Hall, Stairs and Library © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Meeting Rooms © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Crossover © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

Crossover © Karin Björkquist and Sébastien Corbari

 

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