Public lecture by Johan Celsing

Nordic Perspectives lecture series 27 October

Swedish architect Johan Celsing is joining us as part of the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives with the lecture Plans, Meters – Aspects of how rules, rites and the work of poets may inform in the crafting of buildings.

When: Thursday 27 October at 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is public and free of charge.

About Johan Celsing

Johan Celsing (born 1955) is considered to be Sweden’s most distinguished contemporary architect.

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Johan Celsing

From his first buildings, like the Nobel Assembly in Stockholm, 1993, and the art gallery of Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, 1999, into more recent buildings like Skissernas Museum in Lund, 2004; the art house Bonniers Konsthall, 2006; Årsta Church, 2008, and the new crematorium at the famous Woodland Cemetery, 2014, all in Stockholm, Johan Celsing has developed a contextual, yet highly significant and atmospheric architecture, that combines intriguing spatial values with human insight and a very strong tectonic and material appearance.

The new crematorium at Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm, 2014.

The new crematorium at Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm, 2014.

Årsta Church, 2008.

Årsta Church, 2008.

Årsta Church, 2008.

Årsta Church, 2008.

Årsta Church 2008

Årsta Church, 2008.

 

Residential building in Stockholm, 2009.

Residential building in Stockholm, 2009.

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The new crematorium at Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm, 2014.

Celsing’s latest achievement, the high-rise commercial and residential building Tenoren in Malmö, with carefully detailed facades of in-situ layered brickwork, has a distinct character that suggests a subtle dialogue with the old surrounding brick buildings.

As tools for architectural conception and organisation, Celsing seeks inspiration in art and literature, and many of his works owe their depth to the rhythmicity of poetry and music.

Perhaps because of his buildings’ slightly underplayed and discreet dignified appearance, or because of the lack of a major prestigious assignment, Johan Celsing is still waiting for the broader international breakthrough he deserves.

Besides his practice, Johan Celsing has held a professorship at KTH Stockholm since 2008.