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#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

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Photos by Vesa Honkonen

Wood as a cladding

Strandparken

“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

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All photos by Tord-Rikard Söderström

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#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

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Luplau & Poulsen, Århus.

Perspectives on Global Danish Architecture

#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.

Peder Elgaard (1968) is Danish practicing architect, founder and owner at ELGAARD Architecture and holder of a Master’s degree in Architectural Heritage, NORDMAK. He is also a regular advisor to the Ministry of Culture, regarding alterations of listed buildings, as well as a former Royal Building Inspector in Copenhagen.

The Bridge of Peace was designed by an Italian architect; Michele De Lucchi. The lighting design belongs to the French designer Philippe Martinaud. The bridge of Peace was built 2010 by the order of the City Hall of Tbilisi with the intention to connect Old Tbilisi with the new district.

Summer house feelings

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.

Cabin Lyngholmen, Lillesand, Norway, Lund Hagem Arkitekter, 2012, Photos by Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Cabin Lyngholmen, Lillesand, Norway, Lund Hagem Arkitekter, 2012, Photos by Lund Hagem Arkitekter

Villa Blåbär, Nacka, Sweden, pS Arkitektur, 2012, Photo by Jason Strong

Villa Blåbär, Nacka, Sweden, pS Arkitektur, 2012, Photo by Jason Strong

Villa Lola, Vaðalaheiði, Akureyi, Iceland, ARKIS, 2010, Photos by Mirra Arnardottir

Villa Lola, Vaðalaheiði, Akureyi, Iceland, ARKIS, 2010, Photos by Mirra Arnardottir

Groundbreaking of Bjarke Ingels’ AARhus housing

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

View of the new AARhus building. Rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels, photo by Stephen Voss