The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

What started out as a structural blunder turned out to be the pride and joy of Pisa (partly reposted). It’s always nice to reminisce about bygone experiences, and especially when the Norwegian winter is lurking around every corner and seems everlasting. Last year the family lived in Pisa, Italy, and we had the magnificent bell tower of marble five minutes away from our home. (There were taken a few pictures … Continue reading

Aalesund Art Noveau City No. 1

Alesund Art Noveau City no. 1

November has swept by quickly, leaving this blog sorely unattended, but with breaths of several new projects to my architectural practice. Among others one that brought me to the venerable Jugend city on the coast of Norway, called Aalesund (Ålesund). I had time for a short date with my camera, and took some pictures of this fabulous city by the sea. Not the blue skies to which I had grown … Continue reading

The Cinque Terre Experience – oh Sweet Memories

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare

Winter has mercilessly arrived to the northern part of the world, and in lack of time and opportunity to emigrate to warmer places, we must try to find comfort in our golden memories from previous trips. Here is a short, but sweet, movie from one of our trips to the fabulous Cinque Terre in Italy. Enjoy! [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISv7MlmVmc&feature=player_detailpage] … Continue reading

Harpa, the Great Concert Hall of Reykjavik

Modern Architecture; Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland

“Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music” Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling In 2011, the modern day cathedral, or rather the new concert hall of Reykjavik, was finished. The planning and building process, which took about a decade, was nearly stopped in 2007 due to the financial crisis. Thankfully the state of Iceland stepped up and made sure the project was completed by replacing the bankrupt … Continue reading

Former Architect Students Reunited on Iceland

Thingvellir National Park on Iceland

Back when we were students of architecture, longer ago than I care to remember, our class used to go on excursions together – in a healthy mix of education and socializing. A couple of weeks ago we went on a trip to the fascinating country Iceland, to celebrate a certain jubilee. We were lucky enough to have a native Icelander in our class, so we got the insider tour! Thingvellir … Continue reading

Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

Oldwrinkledhand

The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

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