A lithograph (1 of 10) of a watercolour painting of Uspenski Cathedral (Eastern Orthodox Church) and the once magnificent Norrmén House* in Helsinki, Finland; depicted as would have been seen as late as 1960. But as Joni Mitchell once sang “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”. Well, not quite, but…………………………….they demolished Norrmén House to build a cubist box that was considered the height of modernity in architecture at the time (1962). And designed by none other than that world renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898 – 1976)**. Controversial at the time of construction, it remains controversial to this day (see * link below), although many visitors to Helsinki today are unaware of what ‘went before’ the box, which is known colloquially now as ‘the sugar cube’. The litho, in excellent condition, can be sold with or without the frame.
*Norrmén House was designed by architect Theodor Höijer for the chairman of the Helsinki city council, Alfred Norrmén, who ordered the building plans from Höijer in 1896. The four-floor building was constructed at a fast pace, and the building was already completed in 1897.
**Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer. His work includes architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. He never regarded himself as an artist, seeing painting and sculpture as “branches of the tree whose trunk is architecture.”