Annular Archive – Places – Nordic Countries

The Cult of the Gridshell

The wave of gridshells across Britain by WilkinsonEyre, Glen Howells, Edward Cullinan Architects, and others, illustrates how the singular structural form has been embraced by UK architects and engineers 

Feature for Detail Green May 2013

Dorte Mandrup

In a country wedded to concrete and brick Dorte Mandrup’s series of wood based experiments stand out

In Blueprint363 – March 2019

Växjö: Sweden’s tall timber town

Second in a two-part taller timber series looked at the Southern Swedish of Växjö, which has led the Nordic world’s drive for building up

In Green Building Magazine– Autumn 2009, Vol 19, 2

White in Green: Kristianstad’s Vattenriket Naturum

At the time the latest addition to Sweden’s Naturum network of nature centres, by the studio which has dominated the building programme White Arkitekter

In EcoTech 27 – Nov 2011

Rubrik’s Cube

Umea School of Architecture –  HenningLassen design of a brand new campus for Sweden’s first new architecture school in 44 years. Timber is shown off across the campuses Mondrianesque facades, but it’s from Siberia rather than Sweden

In Architectural ReviewAugust 2012

From Bubbles to Shells

Wood Studio student Ville Hara designed and built the Nordic world’s first gridshell, the Bubble, for Helsinki school

In Annular – 2005

Joensuu’s METLA Forest Research centre

The arrival of Metla’s new timber office showcase in 2004 for the Forest Research headquarter in eastern Karelia marked the beginnings of a step change in Finland towards larger scale timber projects

In Annular – 2005

In Finland Eco-Villages grow up

New housing, eco-villages and eco districts have begun to emerge in Finland during the millennium years. Eko-Viikki is a contemporary large scale, suburban eco-village in the Helsinki suburbs, while the cross-country Wood Town movement which began in the northern city of Oulu, has since been spreading across other cities and towns

In Unstructured 3– 2007

Helsinki’s cool Wood  School

Pekka Heikkenen on Aalto University’s Wood Program, Europe’s oldest Design & Make  

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition and Fourth Door Review 8

Koe Smoke Sauna

Class of 2011/12, Wood Program student Ksenia Rakovskya, looks back on a year in the studio and the forest

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Piiri’s progress

Wood Program’s Piiri Modular House in pictures – Photo Essay

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

What to make of all this making

Long term team member Philip Tidwell on Wood Program’s staying power

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Program in the Woods

Aalto University’s pioneering Wood Program – special overview feature

In Unstructured extra – 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Sámi sitelines

Lapland’s Sajos Sámi cultural centre in the Northern Finnish town of Inari has put both its designers, Oulu’s Halo Architects, and the Northern Sami cultural community on the map – by Lauri Louekari

In Unstructured extra 6 2012Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Haltia’s algorithmic interior nature environment 

Digital architect Markus Wikar describes the design and programming required for Haltia’s wooden shell-structure, Sotkanmuna

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Authentica: A Nordic Gridshell first

Lassila-Hirvalammi’s ‘almost a gridshell’ church in Jyvåskylå, Finland

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013 – part of the Unfinished revolution – new timber architecture from Finland’s forest culture

Finland, laboratory to a timber-build future?

Travelogue piece written in the aftermath of journeying across Finland and Sweden during February 2002, exploring Finnish wood culture, and how the Nordic forests could provide a Boreal basis for a resurgence of pan-European timber culture

Unpublished

Buildings In Motion

Arne Henrikson brings timber and sustainability to Oslo’s rail station network

In Unstructured 5 – 2005
An earlier version was published in Building for A Future magazine, Vol 10, No 3, Winter 2000/2001

Between a rock and hard place: Helen & Hard’s Mountain Lodge

Preskesteilen, (Pulpit mountain path) a highlight from the City of Culture’s Norwegian Wood programme, provides Helen & Hard with their first timber showcase.

In Annular –  Norwegian Woodfeature section – 2009

Living Architecture’s Dune House

JarmundVignaes Arkitekter on the Suffolk coast

In Arkitektur N – 04 2011

Helen & Hard’s Vennesla Library, Norway

Building review feature in Architecture Today – April 2012

Helen & Hard: Stavanger’s Timber Expressionists

In Blueprint 324 Profile feature – March 2013

Trondheim’s vernacular waterfront warehouse tradition

One of Trondheim’s most distinctive historical vernacular building types, Eileen Garmann Johnsen writes on one of the oldest, Kjøpmannsgata 27, the subject of her research and preservation project

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Super-traditional – an interview with boat-builder Jan Godal

Jan Godal, Norway’s pre-eminent traditional wood construction luminary in conversation with Martin Beverfjord about the future of vernacular and folk building in Norway

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Living and working the High Norwegian Coast Line

Australian architect Andrew Devine reflects on a season in the high north building Fleinvær, a cultural and arts retreat, designed by TYIN Tegnestue and Sami Rintala

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

An evening redness

Rever og Drage’s Martin Beverfjord reflects on the work and connections to More og Romsdal, the mid-western coastal county region to Trondelag’s south and the cult studio’s back country

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Sami Rintala – North of the World

Profile of the Rintala-Egertsson studio founder, live projects pioneer and Finnish émigré to Bodø, and the Norwegian High North

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Stavneblokka

Turning wastewood into upcycled timber brick’s  – by Anne Sigrid Norby

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Time for place and people

From student projects onward, Rallar Arkitekter’s Elliv Andreas Myren Ribe recounts the young studio’s journey so far

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Nordic Rhythms

Tipi Arkitekter turn to Yakimatsubayashi wood charring for their Årtidshus – by Nina Haarsaker

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Looking Behind the white wall

Trondheim architect, August Schmidt, on his Shingle House project

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Sonic Youth meets Massive Wood

Brendeland & Kristoffersen’s Svartlamoen avant-timber affordable housing block, plus what came next for the Trondheim studio

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Self Build Svartlamoen style

nøysom arkitekter’s Haakon Haanes on their co-creative self-build project

In Unstructured extra 8  – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Svartlamoen’s ragged glory

Where alt: culture meets avant timber culture

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Norwegian Wood, Smart Deco and the Tree of Knowledge –  Helen & Hard

Stavanger’s Helen & Hard’s hybrid engineered timber brew draws 21st century expressionism into a forested path towards a new sustainable architecture

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Stavanger: Norway’s oil city of wood

Norwegian Wood, billed as the Nordic world’s most ambitious timber showcase, but after the dust settled, what did Stavanger’s 2008 European City of Culture Wood City programme actually achieve?

Annular 2009 – Norwegian Wood feature

Trondheim Built

NTNU and Trondheim’s regional sustainable building and research culture, including Zero Energy Lab, Future Built and Passivhaus controversies

In Unstructured extra 8 2017 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition

Going Massive: Norwegian massive wood

A prehistory to Norway’s CLT and other massive timber panel systems take-up

In Annular –  Norwegian Woodfeature section – 2009

Rock City

Overview of the Trondheim’s young self-starting architecture scene

In Blueprint 346 May/June 2016

Way out West – Norway’s wild North West Atlantic coast architectural and building scene

Unstructured extra themed edition covering timber architecture and sustainability in Trondheim and Norwegian Atlantic Coast architect, featuring Brendeland & Kristofferson, Rallar, Rever og Drega Sami Rintala, TYIN Tegnestue, master boat-builder, Jan Godal, Stavneblokka re-used timber bricks, and Trondheim’s vernacular wharf warehouses. And much else.

Iceland’s forests: back from millennial oblivion

Iceland is replanting forests at an unprecedented rate, as part of the Northern Atlantic island’s attempts to counter Climate Change

Annular Unstructured 10

A Timberbuild Renaissance for Europe

In-depth feature on the Nordic countries (including Finland) turn to timber architecture and massive forest reserves could make real inroads into Europe’s combined building sector energy and carbon emissions

In Fourth Door Review 6 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Towering Impact

Timber High Rise across Europe; WaughThistleton in London, dRMM and Helen & Hard in Stavanger and Klingbeil + Kaden in Berlin

In Green Building Magazine– Summer 2009, Vol 19, 1