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Surface as an Experiment

Empty, raw and misty space. Høyblokken. All is left is pure structure. The rough concrete ceilings, the colossal pilotis, the abstract sandblasted, wall-fixed art and the Conglo-concrete floor. No windows, partition walls, flooring, fixtures, air-ducts, furniture, equipment, office supplies and people. This “prenatal” version of the building, being…

Wenche Selmer, Romanticism or Pragmatism?

Wenche Selmer was a Norwegian architect born in the 1920’s. Her teacher and inspiration was architect Knut Knutsen which may say a lot about her way of building houses. Many of her projects are located in the South West coast of Norway. Two characteristic features of her architecture…

Subsumed By Darkness

Sacred. Solemn. Deep. Introvert. Cave. Nordic. Black. Insinuation. Eclectic. Severe. Sober. Overwhelming. Wild. Pure. Life. Light. Fulfilment. Words, labels, that come to my head when I think of my experience at Emanuel Vigeland’s Mausoleum. It is very difficult to describe one’s impressions of a space when these…

Villa Lund

Although St. Hallavard Kirke and Chateau Neuf are the most famous buildings of Lund & Slaatto, the office designed several interesting private houses. Most of them are located in the outskirts of Oslo. This project was designed by and for Kjell Lund, and has different…

The Cathrineholm Series by Grete Prytz Kittelsen

In this analysis I have studied the works of The Norwegian designer and craftswoman Grete Prytz Kittelsen. The analysis will most and formally center around the works that were commissioned by the Norwegian enamel producer Cathrineholm AS.   Grete Prytz Kittelsen was born in Oslo…

Geir Grung’s Infrastructure Projects

by Amanda Holden and Simon Heidenreich  Geir Grung in his time Geir Grung’s domestic work from the 1960s follows a rational, Modernist formula, influenced by the work of Arne Korsmo and PAGON. His infrastructure work on the other hand, experiments boldly with the formal opportunities…