What is Architecture?


Architecture is… difficult to define, and even architects get confused when asked to come up with an unambiguous definition. If you are looking for an answer with two lines underneath, you might find it here (or not). Whether your first association is: “architecture is… fancy modern building-design”, or “… the collective human heritage of built environments throughout the world” you might reconsider. This is an attempt to explore the wealth … Continue reading

My One-Day-Of-Teleportation Wish List

taj mahal

Imagine. Early one morning, while the rest of the house is still sound asleep, I awaken with a start – there is someone in my bedroom! And out of the blue twiligh steps a beautiful fairy in a white dress, who whispers for me to follow her… Dumbstruck, I put on my slippers and follow her to the kitchen, where she tells me two things, both of which shock me … Continue reading

Oslo Opera House


“Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music” Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling. The Oslo Opera House lies in the transition between land and sea, with its vast slanting marble floors to sit or walk about on when the weather allows it. The building majestically tilts towards the ocean, like an iceberg. The renouned Norwegian architects from Snøhetta, who also designed the library of Alexandria and the … Continue reading

Climate Adapted Buildings – The Modern Paradox


One of the major functions of a building is to provide shelter from the climatic rigors, which may vary tremendously throughout the seasons and across the world. A building must be adapted to the local climatic conditions. The skin of the building The outer layer of a building compares to the layer of skin on the human body in many ways. It breathes, perspires, cools you down, and heats you … Continue reading

Modern Architecture – The Imperfect Argument

The Garden Wall

“No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.” John Ruskin From the moment a building is inaugurated and put into use it begins to age. Therefore it is decisive for its success how it bears its flaws – because the flaws will indeed come! The flawless ideal A brand new flawless building is beautiful and fascinating for sure, with the freshness that looks good on cover pages. However, … Continue reading

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