The project of the Eastern Cemetery of Malmö accompanied Sigurd Lewerentz throughout his whole career (1916 to 1969) and the flower shop located at the entrance was the last building completed during the life of the Swedish architect. Humble in his appearance, the structure of the kiosk is carefully mastered in every aspect of the design and of the construction process, from the geometrical control of the proportions, mostly based on squares and golden sections as usual with Lewerentz, to the exact execution of every detail.
The building appears as a concrete monolith with an elevated door and windows carved in the raw material. To underline the mass, the windows are executed without frames but with metal clamps holding to the concrete, so that each looks as a simple pane perfectly aligned with the outer concrete walls. The copper roof leans out of the main volume to appear effortlessly suspended above a path, its weight laid on steel angles on top of the roof plane cantilever, held up by battons.
Further reading and images Via:
Adam Caruso: Sigurd Lewerentz and a Material Basis for Form (from OASE (Amsterdam, Netherlands: 1997) Issue 45/46, pp.88–95)
Anna & Eugeni Bach: 13. Sigurd Lewerentz > Östra Kyrkogarden / Sankta Gertrud, Sankta Birgitta, Flower Kiosk, Malmö
Horizontal Light: Lewerentz, Aalto and the Nordic Landscape, on the Architecture League NY
Östra kyrkogården, Malmö
Prentis Hale & Robert Hutchison: 16 Articles about Buildings and Architecture (pdf)
Ingrid Campo-Ruiz: ¿Menos o más? La construcción del kiosco de Lewerentz en el cementerio de Malmö (Less or more? The construction of Lewerentz’s kiosk in the Malmö cemetery) (on Revista “proyecto, progreso, arquitectura” Nº 8 FORMA Y CONSTRUCCIÓN EN ARQUITECTURA)
José Antonio Quintanilla Chala: SIGURD LEWERENTZ: 1885 1975. Una transición nórdica a la Arquitectura Moderna: Desplazamiento gradual hacia el dominio de lo táctil
Seier + Seier (photo-set on Flickr)