New Nordic Architecture & Identity
Edited by Kjeld Kjeldsen, Jeanne Rank Schelde, Michael Asgaard Andersen, Michael Juul Holm. Introduction by Kjeld Kjeldsen. Text by Kurt W. Forster, Michael Asgaard Andersen, Jeanne Rank Schelde, Staffan Selander, Bente Aamotsbakken, Mari Hvattum, Lars Trägårdh, Peter MacKeith, Tom Nielsen.
In recent years, many Nordic architects have returned to the materials used by their modernist forbearers (Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Erik Gunnar Asplund, Jørn Utzon)--materials such as brick, pine, granite and concrete--developing a new regionialist idiom for Norway that has garnered much acclaim around the world. New Nordic Architecture & Identity offers a critical exploration of the current global interest in Nordic-ness, attempting to determine whether certain special “Nordic” features recur in architecture, and whether this involves a fundamental formal idiom that is regularly reinterpreted. Is there a Nordic architectural identity? And if so, how has this Nordic identity developed in relation to the rest of the world? This volume looks at buildings by Snøhetta, Jarmund/Vignaes, Lassila Hirvilammi, Johan Celsing, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Bjarke Ingels Group and Studio Granda, highlighting their new uses of “traditional” Nordic materials.