Writing through Building and Building through Writing

It’s the 1960s, and Christian Norberg-Schulz is about to become one of the most influential architectural theorists in post-war Europe. While designing a private house for one of the most important Norwegian post-war modernist painters, Jakob Weidemann, his architectural thinking is starting to take shape…

Public Ambitions in a Vernacular House

This is the story about a small customs house, designed by well known architect Christian Grosch in the early 19th century. In the case of the customs house on the islands of Lyngør, local legend has it that the building was mistakenly built reversed by…

The Hardangerbridge

– A breathtaking domestication of nature – For a long time, the Norwegian word for road, vei, was not understood as we do today. We regard a road as a long piece of hard ground where a vehicle can drive on.1 However, until the Middle…

A plan for Ammerud

  The post-war satellite town built during the housing crisis after the Second World War, that shows a variety in housing under a system of cooperative homeownership. The politics of ownership 1. Aerial View of Ammerud Norway faced an acute need for housing after the…

Crisis and Opportunity: Restrictions on Post-War Building

Three responses to the regulations: shrinking, reusing, overlaying.   As a result of its dispersed population and relatively poor economic standing, Norwegian architecture was not dictated by the stylistic changes that governed the architecture of continental Europe. Architectural innovation in Norway was typically seen through…

A Framework for Everyday Life

Are Vesterlid created architectural wholes from a series of carefully designed details. Villa Engen is inspired by everyday life, which is articulated in thoughtful architectural objects: a Gesamstkunstwerk. During my visit to the house, I experienced even more how the architecture grows from its significant…

Kunstnernes Hus: A Symbiotic Architecture

Kunstnernes Hus was not built in a day. An elaborative and extensive design process eventually made the house what it is: a building representing a classical discourse in Norwegian architecture and a breakthrough for functionalism in Norway. In the instance of Kunstnernes Hus, neoclassicism presents…

Lunch with the Busks

“Villa Busk is caused by intuition and a number of coincidences.” The following interview was an attempt to understand the moment when the right client meets the right architect. In this special case because the reason why Mr. Busk came across Sverre Fehn was mere…