Nordic architects have a lot to contend with. Extreme weather conditions require houses that function in both the bitter cold and the blazing sun, and Scandinavia’s extraordinary natural beauty means the most interesting architectural idea is likely to be diminished, or even rendered impossible, by the dramatic surroundings.
These odds have not dissuaded the innovators, however, and Thames & Hudson’s latest tome New Nordic Houses records some of the best new builds in the region. Featuring work from the likes of Jon Danielsen Aarhus, Tham & Videgård and Snorre Stinessen, the book explores modern Nordic designs, houses which combine vernacular traditions and local materials with more contemporary techniques.
From a floating log cabin and a sloping roof woodland hideaway to an elevated cube overlooking the lake, these designs are unique to their location, and at once universally inspiring.