NORWEGIAN ARCHITECTURE, NATURALLY
Here in Norway, there is a solid link between the elegant architecture of the past such as the Viking ships, medieval cathedrals and stave churches with modern Norwegian architecture making positive waves here and abroad. One main connection is an unbreakable bond with nature, showing clearly the essence of Norway both as individuals and as a society.
From the “Father of Modern Norwegian Architecture” Sverre Fehn to current success stories that include the internationally known Snøhetta, designer of the Library of Alexandria and the planned memorial museum and the International Freedom Center, Norwegian architecture is innovative and creative.
The Norwegian government provides essential elements in the creative mix here, and in 2009 launched the strategy document “Architecture Now”, a wide-reaching policy document that addresses both challenges and opportunities such as sustainable development, climate change and the transformation and globalization of modern day society. This strategy is already have a positive effect.
Made in Norway
An excellent place to begin to learn more about Norwegian architecture is to explore the book “Made in Norway”, presenting a selection of the best of Norwegian contemporary architecture today. See how challenges here are addressed relating to city development, harmony with nature – and not in the least how architecture can develop while still remaining true to its historic roots.
This visually stunning book is a must read. Click here more information on how to order this fine book.
On the Road
Norway has perhaps the most majestic scenery in the world. From the highest mountains to the deepest fjords, the landscape must be seen to be believed – attracting tourists from all over the world.
In order to make the traveler’s experience even more esthetic, the Norwegian Public Road created the “National Tourist Routes”, stretching from north to south with mountains, fjords and the magnificent coastline as the backdrop for bold architectural experience. This project consists of 18 designated major tourist routes decorated with innovative and stimulating architecture with pull-off picnic areas, scenic points, hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Find out more about the National Tourist Routes.
Working to Improve Life
An organization of central importance here in the country is the Foundation for Design & Architecture (Norsk Form), actively working to improve the quality of life through the use of design and architecture, projects, teaching, events, awards, and competition.
Norsk Form organizes and manages such projects as “Design without Borders”, helping countries with skills to solve challenges that include improving living conditions. Urban development issues are addressed in the project “City Lab” which addresses housing, densification and other challenges inherent in our increasingly globalized world. For more information regarding Norsk
Form and its wide range of activities, see this link.
Sustainability, environment, connection to nature and esthetics – this is Norwegian Architecture.