Endangered Architecture

Born 1927 in Ockelbo, Nyberg studied architecture at the KTH in Stockholm then moving to Lund to work for Klas Anshelm. Since starting an office with Karl Koistinen in 1958, and then later parting ways to produce his own architecture, a small but comprehensive body of work was realized, all of exacting quality showing unique technical and aesthetic prowess. Nyberg also had a close relationship with Sigurd Lewerentz and through his documentation of Lewerentz’s architecture and attitude towards building via film and audio interviews, new light can be shed on this mysterious master.

Unfortunately, most all of Nyberg’s buildings have met an undesirable fate. Given that his architecture is relatively unknown it runs the risk of fading from memory as it fades from the earth. Nyberg was in his prime when he passed, leaving us with a small quantity of astounding work; conceptually sound from the whole to its parts and consistent in every detail. His architecture has a clear relationship to the archaic; ruinous and timeless it represents a struggle to exist in a culture that is hostile and seemingly indifferent towards it.

Like Bernt Nyberg’s work, this exhibit does little to explain itself. It represents what was, and what it has become; past and present simultaneously. This web guide does not reproduce what you have seen, but rather serves as manual to describe it in more detail. Nyberg’s architecture is a dying breed; raw, authentic, essential. There were few architects like him, and even fewer buildings remain as the countdown to their extinction moves at a pace of fatal acceleration; an endangered architecture.

——Matthew Hall