Nightlands – Nordic Building (1996)

ISBN: 9780262140577
Author(s): Christian Norberg–schultz
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1996
Publisher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 240
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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Architecture is a manifestation of the environment in which it is placed, observes architect and theoretician Christian Norberg-Schulz. A simple enough observation, but one that becomes subtle in this book which attempts to define what Nordic building really is. Norberg-Schulz begins by contrasting the natural world of the North with that of the Mediterranean, the Nordic unendingness against the sun-saturated and homogeneous South. Using themes such as “natural”, “domestic”, “universal” and “foreign”, he finds the architecture of both regions sensibly related to their environments; but whereas the South lends itself to abstraction, the North is marked by variation, openness, and dynamism – by low light, forests and space. Exploring the ways built experience “takes place”, Norberg-Schulz charts the distinctive character of land and climate that distinguishes Denmark’s, Sweden’s, Finland’s and Norway’s architectural traditions from each other and from those to the South. While each of these countries might be said to share regional traits, Norberg-Schulz identifies differences (the cultivated and closely detailed landscape and architecture of Denmark, the dramatic structured forms of Norway) that allow him to account for the way individual Nordic architectures evolved.


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