#7 Church of Shadows
The black-box with Nordic spirit
Extract from our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design:
“When I designed the Church of Shadows my most important inspiration was the dualistic play between light and darkness. And how darkness can be important as a design element. I worked with darkness as in a love affair with light. This secret love affair was an important inspiration to me.”
Architect: Vesa Honkonen Architects: Design & Dreams Studio . 2012 . Chengdu, Sichuan, China . 700 m2
Photos by Vesa Honkonen
“Wood is the future.”
Extract from our publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Landscape:
“We usually say that it takes about one minute for the forests of Sweden to produce all the material that went into constructing this building – sixty seconds. It weighs a third of what it would have if it had been constructed with a conventional concrete frame.”
Architect: Wingårdhs architects . 2010 . Sundbyberg, Sweden . 1,598 m2 . 31 units
All photos by Tord-Rikard Söderström
#6 Nordic Villa with a strong adaption
Nordic architecture is not only known for its simplicity in design, but furthermore for a strong adaption to the context
The first issue of the Nordic New Golden Age book trilogy captures one of many Nordic inspired dwellings. With its minimalistic expression and natural materials, it is hidden in the landscape to inhale the beautiful view of Aarhus Bay. In Villa Albertsen, located in Aarhus, the architects Luplau & Poulsen Arkitekter are adapting the surroundings down to the very last detail. As they quote;
“A view to the horizon has inspired a horizontal design right down to the extended oblong brick format.”
Architect: Luplau & Poulsen Arkitekter . 2007 . Aarhus, Denmark . 750 m2 . Brahl Fotografi
#6 Peder Elgaard
– From an architectural point of view, the awareness of both cultural identity and sustainability is really a gift from the society, the consumer and the clients to the profession.
Quote from his article ‘Architecture in Transformation’ in our publication Global Danish Architecture #7.
Never is the Nordic countries as beautiful as when the Nordic summer breaks. After a long period of darkness and cold, people are in need of getting out, enjoying the warmth and nature. Thus summer houses traditionally play an important role.
One of our best selling books; A New Golden Age, Nordic Architecture & Design, features three beautiful examples from different Nordic countries, encapsuling the spirit of going to the summer house.
BIG’s housing visions
Today is the day when Bjarke Ingels’ new building AARhus begins its building process by Bassin 7 by Aarhus Ø. The building will be mentioned in our coming book, the third in our Nordic New Golden Age series, where we also made an interview with Bjarke Ingels on his visions with modern living and his housing projects.
For today’s occasion, we here give you a little quote from the interview;
“There is potential in all programmatic types and scales for answering to the climate and culture and conditions of a place.”
– Bjarke Ingels
#5 Steven Holl
– Nordic Light and Shadow are keys to the building section. Openings are organized around sun angles which never get above 47 °. Every year the Director [of the Knut Hamsun center], Bodil Børset, sends me photos of the last horizontal band of sunlight to penetrate before the weeks of winter darkness.
Quote from his article ‘Nordic Shadow’ in our publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design, 4 ed.