Architecture in Sweden, a Survey of Swedish Architecture throughout the Ages and up to the Present Day

By August Hahr; J. S. Herrstreom | Go to book overview

Simultaneously an enthusiasm for native handicraft and sloyd grew up, inspired partly by the struggle of the English poet and artist William Morris and his colleagues against industrialism's growing dominion.

This "style seeking" activity which we have seen reigned within the Swedish architectural domain for more than half of the 19th century continued further into 1900. One moved nervously from style to style, from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo relative both to interior and industrial art. Thanks to the radical changes of our day, this activity will undoubtedly never return in its older, naively reproducing form again. Already at the transition of the century the technical and artistic demands for a more lively expression of the architect's personality were greater than formerly, a demand which today is not, maybe, of such great importance, as architecture has been drawn into the general levelling process of the times.


XI.
CURRENTS IN EARLIER 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE.

It is easy to censure the bygones. Have all its representatives passed to the land of shadows, no answer will be forthcoming, and should anyone of the fault-finders' generation venture a different opinion, he hesitates to come forward for fear of seeming deplorably unimformed, or not up to date. He does not remember that the sharpest, loud-voiced, most insolent criticism comes from the one who has engaged himself with new ideals, in the service of newer directions for which it is of importance, by whatever means, to push aside the foregoing, and in this manner prevail all along the line. If we take into consideration the unscrupulous methods of today in politics and competition, one is unable to expect anything moderate and just either for or against.

Looking back on the development of Swedish architecture during the span of the present century and noting especially what was done during the first twenty or thirty years, one obtains some idea of the rich production of buildings of the various kinds, characterized by an admirable endeavour to endow a monumentality suited to the individual purpose, and one sees how, with time, the purposefulness, plan and construction become more accentuated than before. Newer enterprises make their appearance in the form of business-houses, offices, factories etc., and such constructions as bridges are no longer beyond the pale of the architect's interest. New

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  • Title Page 1
  • Preface. 3
  • I- Simpler Dwelling-Houses in Town and Country In Olden Times. 5
  • III- Medieval Castles. 20
  • IV- Wasa Castles. 22
  • IV- Wasa Castles. 30
  • VII- The So-Called Period of Liberty and the Reaction. 49
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 53
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 57
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 64
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 70
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 80
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 96
  • VIII- The Days of Gustav Iii. 112
  • List of Illustrations 127
  • Contents 129
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