By Elisabeth Tostrup
No matter if set alongside the picturesque coast of Norway or in its distant mountains and forests, architect Wenche Selmer's wood cabins and homes combination without difficulty into their atmosphere. Combining neighborhood development traditions with smooth conveniences, her designs evoke Norway in all its rugged attractiveness and clever Scandinavian pragmatism. simply taking a look at those cabins is a call for participation to sit on the lovingly designed eating desk for a hearty meal, or to curve up with a publication on one of many inviting nook sofas whereas having fun with the panoramic view via huge glass home windows. those are homes that, whereas thoughtfully designed and fantastically crafted, have been intended initially to be lived in, and it's this lodging of excessive layout and livability that's partially chargeable for their common allure.
Norwegian Wood is the 1st booklet at the lifestyles and structure of Wenche Selmer (1920 1998) one of many few girls who received prominence between ecu architects within the mid-twentieth century. Fourteen of her appealing wood cabins and homes are featured in targeted descriptions, plans, and a wealth of archival photos and newly commissioned colour images. even if you are making plans to construct your personal holiday domestic, have continually enjoyed Scandinavian layout or just benefit from the heat and sensuality of wood structure, you will discover lots of notion the following.
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The cabin, which looks like one of the local fishermen’s houses, as if it has always been there, is sited some distance away from the sea, in a hollow—a marsh that had to be drained—next to the alder tree.
While this may be an expression of gender, it annoying accumulation of historicizing motifs— is also something typically Norwegian: democratic, gables, bay windows, and ornaments—in glaring col- egalitarian ideals are stronger among Norwegian ors and materials, without any understanding of the architects than, for example, in Finland where the architectural connections and without consideration architectural culture is more elitist. Through her critical for the topography and environment as a whole.
The being careful to keep costs within the budget. kitchen, laundry room, and study were neglected and Her professional competence and social skills often hidden away toward the north. In the houses resulted in a relationship of trust that her clients 35 valued, but Selmer could also be strong-willed. When Selmer would occasionally design floors with large siting the house in Øvre Tåsen, for example, she con- slate flagstones, usually a type of slate from Skjåk in vinced the client that there was no advantage to all Gudbrandsdalen, which has a touch of rust.