Erik Gunnar Asplund
(22 September 1885
– 20 October 1940
) was a Swedish
architect, mostly known as a representative of Swedish neo-classical architecture
of the 1920s, and during the last decade of his life as a major proponent of the modernist style which got its breakthrough in Sweden at the 1930 Stockholm exposition
. His major works include the Stockholm Public Library
, a cemetery which is a UNESCO
world heritage site. Skogskyrkogården was created between 1914 and 1940 by Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz
. Another important work is the extension of the Gothenburg
City Hall building which Asplund started on 1917 and finished 1937 - it shows his transformation from neo-classical to modernist architect.
Gunnar Asplund is considered perhaps the most important modernist Swedish architect and has had a major influence on later generations of Swedish and also Nordic architects .