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date: 09 December 2019

Frosterus, Sigurdlocked

(b Asikkala, nr Lahti, June 4, 1876; d Helsinki, March 2, 1956).
  • Asko Salokorpi

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(b Asikkala, nr Lahti, June 4, 1876; d Helsinki, March 2, 1956).

Finnish architect and writer. He became known as an aggressive opponent of the National Romantic style in architecture, which had begun as a reform movement, taking its inspiration from the English Arts and Crafts Movement. In Finland, however, where its most important representatives were Eliel Saarinen and Lars Sonck, the movement’s picturesque and romantic manifestations achieved great popularity. In 1904 Frosterus made his famous attack on romanticism with Gustaf Strengell, with whom he also collaborated on some building projects. In connection with the competitions for the railway stations for Helsinki and Viipuri, the friends published a number of newspaper articles, collected into a pamphlet and furnished with handsome typography, which held that romantic architecture was at its worst and most anachronistic in designs for station buildings that were clearly ‘modern’ design tasks. Saarinen, who won both competitions, suffered their bitterest criticism but was persuaded to take a serious interest in Rationalist architecture, a change that had a lasting and, it is generally held, positive, effect on his work. Frosterus participated in both competitions with progressive and handsome projects. However, the jury thought them ‘imported’ and did not award them prizes. Frosterus had indeed worked on his entries while in ...

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