Taking an interdisciplinary approach, weaving together art, philosophy, history, and literature, this book investigates the landscapes and buildings of Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. Through critical essays and beautiful illustrations focusing on four projects, the Woodland Cemetery, the Stockholm Public Library, the Stockholm Exhibition and Asplund's own house at Stennas, it addresses the topic of buildings accompanied by landscapes.
It proposes that themes related to landscape are central to Asplund's distinctive work, with these particular sites forming a collection that documents an evolution in his design thinking from 1915 to 1940. The architect himself wrote comparatively little about his design intentions. However, through close reading and analysis of the selected projects as landscapes with architecture, author Malcolm Woollen argues that reflections of the history of Swedish landscape architecture and the intellectual climate in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are evident in his work and help to explain the architect's intentions.
This book is a must-have for academics, advanced students and researchers in landscape architecture and design who are interested in Nordic Classicism and the works of Erik Gunnar Asplund.
Malcolm Woollen is an architect and an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
List of illustrations Preface Acknowledgements I. Introduction II. The Woodland Cemetery part I: Home, landscape, and death III. Observatorielunden and Stadsbiblioteket: Intensifying the present IV. The Stockholm Exhibition 1930: A moving landscape V. The Woodland Cemetery part II: A home for everyone VI. Landscape and summerhouse at Stennas: A Vitalist poem VII. Conclusion