Dissecting the Expression of a Nation

Stortinget, the national parliament, is one of the most iconic buildings in Oslo. However, not everyone knows its controversial history. Actually, the building which today stands in the middle of Oslo’s main road, wasn’t the winner of the architectural competition that meant to give the…

Elements of Spacemaking by Wenche Selmer

Reshuffling of spaces, openness of the plan, efficient yet effortless use of space, are all characteristic of Wenche Selmer’s practice. In a house for a Norwegian politician, all elements both of physical architectonic and immaterial social come together to demonstrate Selmer’s visions. The house built…

Speaking through the hand

Taking a closer look at aspects of Are Vesterlid’s home reveals how the often silent architect spoke through his drawings and built work.     Would you live in a house of your own making? This question, often posed to architects, was clearly answered by…

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…