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…

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…

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…

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…

70’s modular

Furnished to the toothbrush according to the period, a modular house represents the decade of the 70’s at the open air museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer. The Moelven Senior is exhibited „because it was one of the more popular houses at that time. There were a lot…