Norway is well-known for its striking modern architecture which combine traditions and innovations, emphasized
integration with the natural landscapes, minimalistic, yet sophisticated.
A coastal area’s harsh climate dictated an economy, culture and political structure of the country.
Vikings invented a longships ( about 25 meters long or longer ) and they had to learn how to construct a long boathouses
to keep the boats in the time of the year when they coudn’t sail. Boat building traditions and farm culture ( the country never
adopted feudalism ) influenced the vernacular architecture of Norway, from log houses to ritual buildings.
A venicular architecture is known as Byggeskikk is largely based on use of wood which remain one of the most popular
material of Norway .
So called stave churches were once common wooden construction in north-western Europe.
Today the most of those survived architectural objects are in Norway, including the oldest Urnes stave church ( XII Century ).
Contemporary Norwegian architects have been recognized for their work, both within Norway and outside it.
Here we are focusing on some of their remarkable projects.
Helen & Hard
Vennesla Library and cultural centre . Vennesla. Norway ( 2011 )
Hurdal Urban sustainable village ( Gardermoen, Norway ) . Currently in development
Norway Pavillion , Expo in Shanghai
Bjergsted financial park, Stavanger ( scheduled completion 2018 )