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
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.”
– 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.
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.
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
– 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.
Steven Holl (1947) is an American practicing architect of partly Norwegian origin, and professor at Columbia University, New York. The owner of Steven Holl Architects, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.
The Hamsum center by Steven Holl Architects, in Hamarøy, Norway, 2009. All photos by Steven Holl Architects.
A pile of ‘Nordic Architecture’ and ‘Global Danish Architecture’ books are on their way to Italy, to be sold at the 15th Biennale di Venezia di Archittetura – May 28 to November 27 -, and thus to be found in either of our latest bookshop cooperations; BF Padiglione Centrale Electa and Cordierie dell’Arsenale Electa. Pay them a visit and see what Nordic Architecture books look like in the company of its international likes.
Sneak peek from the final publication of our series
The last book in the Nordic New Golden Age trilogy is in the making, and this time the theme of dwellings features a variety of recent Scandinavian housing projects from firms like Helin & Co, CF Møller and Conm + Kallesø, just to mention a few. Displaying the Finnish tradition of materials, bringing the modernist legacy into the contemporary or exploring the Nordic light in unexpected ways.
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.”