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Turku Cemetery Chapel, at Turku, Finland, 1939 to 1941.|
(b. Turku, Finland 1891; d. Turku 1955)
Erik William Bryggman was born in Turku, Finland in 1891. He studied at the Turku School of Art and at the Obo Svenska Klassiska Lyceum in Turku. He graduated from the Institute of Technology in Helsinki, after which he worked in the office of architect Valter Jung in Helsinki. From 1923 until his death he worked in private practice.
A year after Bryggman graduated from the Institute of Technology in 1916 Finland achieved independence from Russian rule. With this independence, Finland regained access to the architectural styles of Europe. Italian architecture and an early involvement with historical preservation particularly influenced Bryggmann in terms of both his classical styling and his sensitive approach to building and site.
Although Bryggmann was instrumental in introducing the Functionalist movement to Finland, his architecture shifted to a more romantic style in the late 1930s. From this time he moved in a more decorative direction.
Bryggman's commissions included summer villas, schools, hospitals, and power plants. Toward the end of his career, he designed practical unassuming projects with features typical of contemporary Swedish Architecture.
Bryggman died in Turku, Finland in 1955.
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