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…

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…

Lambertseter, an emblem of Norwegianess

Perhaps we can simply say that a certain receptiveness to international planning ideas is a distinguishing feature of Nordic urban development (…) [for example] England’s New Towns were held up as ideals and adapted to the nature of suburbs like Lambertseter 1 Describing the Norwegian…

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…