Gert Wingårdh / 8 projects – from Liljevalchs to Nationalmuseum
16 June, 2018 - 30 September, 2018
For this exibition Gert Wingårdh, one of Sweden’s most known architects, has chosen 8 projects that have been on great importance for him lately. Hand buildt models explain every project together with sketches, photographs and drawings..
Gert Wingårdh was born in Skövde in 1951, moving with his parents to Gothenburg in 1961. He is awarded a degree in architecture from Chalmers University of Technology in 1975 and starts his own business two years later, in 1977. His business makes a modest start with a couple of villas, the second, Villa Nordh, is one of four prominent Swedish examples of Postmodernism that are exhibited at Louisiana in the exhibition Huset som billede in 1981. It is not until 1988 that his first substantial building is inaugurated. It is the Öijared Executive Country Club and earns him the most prestigious Swedish award for outstanding architecture, the Kasper Salin Prize, that same year.
When the medical research company Hässle doubles its operations in Mölndal, just south of Gothenburg, Wingårdh wins the invited competition and the extension is awarded a second Kasper Salin Prize in 1993. Wingårdh is invited to competitions for the design of the Olympic Stadium, the Arlanda Airport control tower and the Swedish Embassy in Berlin. He wins all the competitions and the latter two buildings are built.
In the late summer of 1997, the first exhibition of the activities of the office is held at Galleri Grå, Stockholm. The exhibition is called 20 and celebrates the first twenty years of the office with twenty buildings.
Ten years later, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg presents a major retrospective exhibition Gert Wingårdh. To accompany the exhibition, a book, Thirty Years of Architecture Through Four Decades, is published internationally by Birkhäuser Verlag. It is followed by a sister volume, Crucial Words, edited by Gert Wingårdh and his colleague Rasmus Wærn, featuring the views of some thirty international colleagues on a number of topics. A few years later, the pair also wrote What is Architecture? published by Langenskiöld. It is now translated into English, Spanish and Mandarin.