Nordic classicism in Lars Sonck’s creative work

Philosophical and cultural studies

The article deals with specific features of Finnish architecture in the 1920­s. The author has analyzed the changes that took place in work of Lars Sonck (1870–1956) – an outstanding master, a representative of the national romantic trend and one of the founders of the Finnish school of architecture during the transition period from Art Nouveau to Neo­classicism and further to Functionalism. The projects of the Finnish architect combined the return to the principles of axial symmetry, the use of columns and the monochrome facade decoration with the further application of the elements typical of national romanticism of the turn of the century. L. Sonck’s Neo­classicism was definitely of the regional character and can be referred to as Nordic Classicism.