Comprehensive post about a work or author.

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…

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…

Striving for Objectivity

The primal action of digging into the ground is about a persistent tension between the worker and the soil. At the beginning there is only a working plan, an abstract scheme of what and where, and the mountain, a mute surface, showing nothing more than…

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter – A mysterious plan

The archive holding the initial drawings for Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is lost, the only documents remaining are plans, an interview published in Byggekunst and some pictures. With only a few explanations about the design of the exhibitions rooms, the experimental plan appears like a mystery.…