Future People’s Palace – Remaking the Architecture of the Welfare State
A certain architecture needs to be profoundly observed and physically experienced to reveal its significance.
Through exploring St Mark´s church by photography, the book is giving a deep feeling of the place and an understanding of its importance in Sigurd Lewerentz´s works. The architect’s career took a new start with the construction of St Mark, it became the turning point leading towards St Peter´s church in Klippan and the flower kiosk at the eastern cemetery in Malmö. Without these later works, Lewerentz’s architecture would not as strongly attract a large public.
The photographers have been working with the exterior and interior for three years, showing the different seasons, following the restoration of the buildings. The texts and photos are revisiting the St Mark´s church and mentioning other of his sacral buildings from the Woodland cemetery in Stockholm, the Easter cemetery in Malmö and St Peter’s church in Klippan, where the focus will be the architecture of Lewerentz and not the myth of the man .
The publication is presenting Lewerentz’s architectural statement, as through this church the architect summarized his thoughts from his early works, and he dared to innovate his oeuvre instigating a new aesthetic.