Ivar Tengbom

Ivar Justus Tengbom (* April 7, 1878 at Gränna; † August 6, 1968 in Stockholm) was a Swedish architect, one of his best known works is the Stockholm Concert Hall.


Ivar Tengbom studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and at the Kungliga Konsthögskolan in Stockholm. This was followed by study visits to Denmark (1903 ) and France ( 1905-06 ). In 1906 he founded his own office and already in 1915 he had 25 employees.

Life and work

After several church projects ( Engelbrektskyrkan 1906 Högalidskyrkan 1911, both in Stockholm ), 1920 was the big breakthrough when he won Konserthus the competition for the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm. The building, which was built from 1924 to 1926, was a complete manifestation of the Swedish Classicism of the 1920s, also called Swedish grace.

In the following years Tengbom swung around to Modernism, just like his famous colleague Gunnar Asplund. The two office buildings in Stockholm, Esselte for the publisher ( 1928-34 ) and the " City Palace " for the bank Sydbanken on Norrmalmstorg ( 1930-32 ) are clear representatives of this style, which is called in Sweden functionalism.

One of his last major works is the office building for the publisher Bonnier in Stockholm, for which he had in 1937 received the first prize in the competition. The building has been realized but only after the Second World War, together with the son of Anders Tengbom.

The son Anders Tengbom continued the heritage architect Ivar Tenboms and the grandson of Svante Tengbom, runs the company in its third generation. This Tengbom Arkitekter one of the oldest still active architectural firms worldwide.


Literature and source

  • Svensk Arkitektur, Ritningar 1640-1970, Byggförlaget 1986