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sigurd lewerentz, klippan, 1962-1966

st petri church, klippan, 1962-1966.

architect sigurd lewerentz 1885-1975.

 

it is not a big space and it has a surprisingly low ceiling for a church. again, one is reminded of gaudi's crypt.

 

but also of an entirely different building type found in the kind of bland sururbia that surrounds it: the industrial shed.

 

there is no doubt that lewerentz is inspired by industrial architecture like so many modernists before him. yet, where they found clarity, rationalism and light, lewerentz found darkness, dripping water, exposed wiring, confounded tectonics and rust.

 

there is a possible third influence, I haven't seen mentioned anywhere eventhough it is staring us right in the face: jensen-klint .

 

it was jensen-klint who formulated that it was preferable to use whole bricks, it was lewerentz who made the radical move of using only whole bricks (the bizarre result of which is obvious where the vaults meet the supporting steel beam). the connection may seem a little thin until you realize that the chair used in klippan was originally designed for jensen-klint's main work, the grundtvig memorial church, which lewerentz would have known well.

 

and should he forget, he would have been reminded by his good friend and former employee kay fisker, who had become the chronicler and key proponent of the so-called klint school which sought to apply jensen-klint's ideals to modern architecture and which dominated copenhagen architecture a mere 50 kilometers away well into the sixties.

 

more about fisker in a few days.

 

the lewerentz set.

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Taken on March 6, 2008