Kieron Long spiega perché gli svedesi sanno come costruire cimiteri:
The right to build Skogskyrkogården (literally, “woodland cemetery”) in southern Stockholm was won in a council-run design competition. It was 1914, and the winners were Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund. Then both 30 years old, they would become two of the most influential architects of the 20th century; in their contrasting ways they define Swedish architecture to this day. Asplund’s red rotunda at the City Library, a building on the cusp of modernism but with its stylistic roots in an older architecture, is one of Stockholm’s defining monuments. Lewerentz went on to build several religious buildings of unmatched power, in particular the churches of St Mark’s in Björkhagen and St Peter’s in Klippan with their elemental brick walls and thick mortar joints—a stylistic quirk that has often been parodied.
Skogskyrkogården tackles head-on the question of how architecture can articulate the passing of time. Inevitably there’s a sense of an ending about it. But Asplund and Lewerentz tried to create an experience that emphasised not the finality of death, but the slow, circular rhythms of the natural world. Skogskyrkogården is a choreographed passage through a landscape, with episodic experiences of chapels, graves, colonnades and, above all, nature.
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