on 7 January 2013
Scandinavia's climate and environment have helped to shape some of the most striking and thoughtful modern architecture. This book presents dozens of the finest Scandinavian buildings of the past 80 years, with designs by leading 20th century architects, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utzon and others. Just under fifty projects are featured here in detail, with plenty of atmospheric photos of the buildings by the author, Henry Plummer. The book focuses on the use of light within these buildings, where the architects have lit their spaces using all kinds of design tricks, to maximize the low Northern light and create playful and beautifully lit spaces.
The majority of the projects are university buildings, chuches, hospitals and libraries, which underlines the Scandinavians' commitment to high quality public buildings.
on 20 June 2012
I bought this book because I was looking for inspiration for designing a new build house in Yorkshire. I'm a big fan of Scandinavian architecture. This book has some lovely iamges that really bring out the special nature of light in the Nordic countries. However, as someone who is interested primarily in private houses it has far too many pictures of churches for my liking! These demonstrate the effects that the author is seeking to highlight, but are not very relevant for someone like me.