#11 Kjetil Trædal Thorsen

“’Nordic’ relates to something or someone having its roots in Scandinavia. The implicit meanings of someone, or something, being Nordic is, however, much wider, especially when paired up with nouns such as ‘society’, ‘values’ and, why not, ‘architecture’. ” Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (1958). Architect. Received his M. Arch. in Graz, Austria, in 1985. Since 1987 founder […]

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#10 Marianne Ibler

“All the buildings are made by Nordic architects and demonstrate the settings for a modern society with great focus on sustainability, social responsibility and good living conditions. All aspects that most of us architects agree upon.” Marianne Ibler (1967), founder and director of Archipress M. She is Architect, Ph.d. in theory and history of Architecture […]

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#9 John M. Cava

“The quality of thoughtfulness given to the designs, accompanied by consistent skills in construction and – most importantly – the liveability of the completed projects. These buildings are an inspiration to the world on techniques and approaches that manifest excellent housing.” John. M. Cava (1953) is a practicing architect and writer in Portland, Oregon. John […]

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#8 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.” 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 […]

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#7 Bjarke Ingels

“There is potential in all programmatic types and scales for answering to the climate and culture and conditions of a place.” “Architecture is much more than designing pretty facades or expressive sculptures; it is rather the means to life itself.” Bjarke Bundgaard Ingels (1974), Danish architect, founder and creative partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Quote […]

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#6 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.” Steven Holl (1947) is an […]

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#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.” Signe Kongebro (1972), Danish architect, partner and leader of the sutainability department at Henning Larsen Architects. Quote from her article ‘Sustainability as a design parameter’ in our publication Global Danish Architecture – Seven #7.

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#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.” Kenneth Frampton […]

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#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 […]

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#2 Kim Dirckinck-Holmfeldt

“A number of the projects in this book owe a debt to that period’s [2004-present] ‘liberation of form’, and although  the great utopias are absent – we can manage with less – they are examples of a pragmatic approach…” Kim Dirckinck (1950), Danish Architect MAA, director of Bogværket, former director of Arkitektens forlag and senior […]

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