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Erik Gunnar Asplund

Erik Gunnar Asplund

Among Asplund’s most important works is the Stockholm Public Library, constructed between 1924 and 1928, which stands as the prototypical example of the Nordic Classicism and so¬≠called Swedish Grace movement. It was particularly influential on the proposal submitted for the competition for the design of the Viipuri Library in 1927 by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who regarded Asplund as his mentor.
Asplund is also known for representing the Swedish neoclassical architecture of the 1920s. Asplund studied at the Swedish romantic school. His first works follow this guidance, which gradually moves to create a modernized version of the neoclassical architecture in 1930, the modern is represented mainly by the rationalism of Germany, Holland and France. Asplund takes the form of this movement, but interprets it in a very personal way, more freely and spontaneously, in a line that can be considered organic style.