On: A Material Basis For Form

To make an extraordinary material special, is banal. To heighten one’s awareness of a humble material like brick, is poetic. In this, Lewerentz is drawing on a similar underlying ethic as Mies does in his Krefeld villas. Both architects are concerned to reveal the secret life which lies latent within their material. Both suppress structural expression to give the material an autonomy from technique, intensifying the idea of the material. Lewerentz and Mies are making the case for a material basis for form.
— Adam Caruso (Sigurd Lewerentz And A Material Basis For Form (Oase #45/46, 1997)