Design details

The Shell lamp

An ever contemporary design classic by Verner Panton

Extract from our publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design:

“Depeding on the number and length of the chains of discs, the lamps take different shapes. […] The heat emitted by the bulb creates thermal radiation that creates a slight movement among the discs, which act as reflectors.”

Designer: Verner Panton .  1964 . Producer: Verpan

All Photos by Verpan


#5 Ørestad school & library

An 8-storey primary school with the expression of a townhouse

Extract from our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design:

“The protrusion of every classroom as a bay window in the facade has several advantages […] The bay windows ensure that you can look into the building, and the facade creates a new type of classroom from the inside.”

Architect: KHR Architects .  2012 . Ørestad, Copenhagen, Denmark . 14 500 m2


All Photos by KHR Architects

Perspectives on Global Danish Architecture

#5 Signe Kongebro

– Half the energy consumption of a building is determined by the design. Daylight is one of the key parameters in reducing energy consumption.

Quote from her article ‘Sustainability as a design parameter’ in our publication Global Danish Architecture – Seven #7.

Signe Kongebro (1972), Danish architect, partner and leader of the sutainability department at Henning Larsen Architects.


#4 Snaefellsstofa visitor centre

A locally rooted public realm in connection with the Icelandic nature

Extract from our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design:

“That [use of local larch] is perhaps the shortest distance we have ever gone for materials. We also used the vegetation from the foot of the building and moved it up onto the roof.”

Architect: ARKIS .  2010 . Vatnajökull, Iceland . 750 m2




All photos by Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson & Birgir Teitsson

Perspectives on Nordic architecture & design

#4 Kenneth Frampton

– A number of seemingly spontaneous developments over the past half century have made it increasingly difficult to continue with the “tradition of the new” in any significant way. If we intended, by this term, the unfinished liberative modern projects as this has been cherished by progressive thinkers since the beginning of the Enlightenment.

Quote from his article ‘On the Tradition of the New’ in our publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Design 4 ed.

Kenneth Frampton (1930), British architect, critic, historian. Ware professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York.


#3 The Waterfront

Seaside dwellings at the harbour front in scenic Stavanger

Extract from our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Landscape:

“Inspired by the unique setting on the harbour front, the Waterfront blurs the boundary between the urban space and the dramatic landscape by appearing as a mountain range of wood at the interface of the city and the fjord.”

Architect: AART Architects .  2014 . Stavanger, Norway . 19,500 m2 . Collaboration with Kraftverk . WAN Residential Award 2014 . Nominated for MIPIM Awards 2015

All photos by Adam Mørk

Perspectives on Nordic architecture and landscape

Photo by Adam Mørk of Copenhagen Soil Center (Christiansen & Co Architects)

#3 Francesco Ranocchi

– (…) The presence of a primary structure can be either a formal one, or merely conceptual. Elsewhere we have defined it as Icastic architecture, this product of the complex relationship between culture industry and construction industry: a semantic reduction that progressively invests the architecture of the century, thus erasing differences and antagonisms in favour of the capacity to become accumulable information.

Quote from his article ‘Icastic architecture and landscape’ in our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Landscape

Francesco Ranocchi (1962), Italian architect, critic and historian. Leader of AW-Architects and holds a PhD in contemporary art theory.


#2 Food camp

A beautifully situated historical farm in Funen, Denmark, transformed into  a conceptual camp to inspire children to explore the world of food.

Extract from our latest publication A New Golden Age Nordic Architecture & Landscape:

“One of the concepts of the Food camp is ‘from earth to table’, and the surrounding landscape offers a variety of local vegetables, fruits and herbs.”

Architect: GPP Arkitekter . 2014 . Ebberup, Denmark . 460 m2



All photos by Arla Fonden