Nightlands: Nordic Building by Christian Norberg-schulzNightlands: Nordic Building by Christian Norberg-schulz

Nightlands: Nordic Building

byChristian Norberg-schulzTranslated byThomas Mcquillan

Paperback | July 29, 1997

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Nightlands is a pioneering exploration of both the forms and poetics of Nordic place. Specifically, it examines the art of building in four Nordic countries--Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland--and the sometimes shared, sometimes contrasting regional experience and character expressed by each. From a medieval castle in Sweden to an Aalto-designed sanitorium in Finland, this landmark work explores the myths, meanings, and built realities of Nordic countries and, in so doing, attempts to define, for the first time, what distinguishes Nordic building from Mediterranean architecture, and how the natural world of the North contrasts with both the perception and reality of the South.

Title:Nightlands: Nordic BuildingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 29, 1997Publisher:The MIT Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262640368

ISBN - 13:9780262640367

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From Our Editors

Architecture is a manifestation of the environment in which it is placed, observes distinguished architect and theoretician Christian Norberg-Schulz. A simple enough observation, but one that becomes subtle and nuanced in this landmark book that attempts to define, for the first time, what Nordic building really is. Exploring the ways built experience "takes place", Norberg-Schulz charts the distinctive character of land and climate that distinguishes the architectural traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway 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.

Editorial Reviews

Written from the heart and beautifully presented, the book is full of valuable insights into the pleasures of Nordic building.