Erik Gunnar Asplund (22 September 1885 – 20 October 1940) was a Swedish architect, mostly known as a key representative of Nordic Classicism of the 1920s, and during the last decade of his life as a major proponent of the modernist style which made its breakthrough in Sweden at the Stockholm International Exhibition (1930). Asplund was professor of architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology from 1931. His appointment was marked by a lecture, later published under the title "Our architectonic concept of space."
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Asplund studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm between 1905 and 1909, then left for the Klara School, feeling the Institute too conservative. Throughout the teens and the first World War, he designed a variety of structures, including schools, storehouses, and tramsheds, with a style that was heavily influnced by Ragnar Östberg and French Neo-Classicism. Asplund frequently designed interiors and furniture as well. In 1930, with his designs for the Stockholm Exhibition, Asplund broke with classicism and began a Constructivist approach which, with that particular exhibit, began a Modernist movement in Sweden. Asplund designed cemetaries and crematoriums throughout his career.
Swedish, Scandinavian
Artist, Architect, Designer, Landscape Architect
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Gunnar Asplund, E. G. Asplund, Erik Gunnar
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