Rudolf Schwarz and the Monumental Order of Things

Adam Caruso, Helen Thomas, eds.
Rudolf Schwarz and the Monumental Order of Things

2nd edition 2020. 24 x 32 cm, clothbound
334 pages, 163 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-362-6
CHF 89.00 / EUR 85.00

Contributions by Adam Caruso, Maria Conen, Wolfgang Pehnt, Maria Schwarz, Rudolf Schwarz, Helen Thomas
Photographs by Hélène Binet
Designed by Moiré


The product of a continuous European architectural and intellectual practice that bridged the Second World War, the work of Rudolf Schwarz (1897–1961) allows a deeper understanding of post-war German architecture. This book examines nine of his religious and secular buildings sited in the Rhineland, which are presented through new survey drawings and photographs. These are accompanied by Schwarz’s project descriptions and his lecture ‘Architecture of Our Times’ from 1958, which contextualizes his approach. Essays by Wolfgang Pehnt and an interview with Schwarz’s wife, the architect Maria Schwarz, provide further insight into this complex oeuvre.