The pritzker prize is the most important award in the field of architecture, awarded to a living architect whose built work has produced consistent and significant. Norwegian architecture reached maturity in his hands. Sverre fehns nordic pavilion in venice is a masterpiece in postwar architecture. Sverre fehn is named the 1997 pritzker architecture prize laureate sverre fehn, a 72 yearold architect who lives and works in oslo, norway has been named the 1997 laureate of the pritzker architecture prize. Beginning 1966 he was a professor of architecture in the department of architecture at oslo. Sverre fehn august 14, 1924 february 23, 2009 was a norwegian architect. Sverre fehn completed more than 100 projects along with partners and his drawing office in the course of the five decades. The young norwegian architect won the competition in 1958 and the building was inaugurated in 1962. The architect sverre fehn the norwegian glacier museum. Grosch and sverre fehn, 18302002 the main building of the national museum architecture is a juxtaposition of classicism and modernist architecture an encounter between christian heinrich grosch 18011865 and sverre fehn 19242009, norway s most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. Categorized as a modernist by most architectural writers, fehn himself says, i have never thought of myself as modern, but i did absorb the antimonumental and the pictorial world of lecorbusier, as well as the functionalism of the small villages of north africa.
One of modern architectures lesser known figures, fehn was both a modernist and regionalist, interpreting modernist ideals within the norwegian lexicon of heaven and earth, life and death, sense of. This book examines the work of three seminal nordic architects alvar aalto, jorn utzon and sverre fehn from a phenomenological perspective, utilising the methodology of paradigm or in the manner of. This article was originally published on march 30, 2016. Sverre fehn 1924 2009 was the leading norwegian architect of his generation.
His pritzker biographers noted that the glacier museum has been hailed as a major landmark in contemporary architecture. Roger tyrrell explains how the approach of each architect is defined by the three subframes of the paradigm. This highly readable book offers fascinating insights into utzons contribution to world architecture. When one looks at the archives, a very different story emerges. Pdf aalto utzon fehn download full pdf book download. Sverre fehn, whose talent for applying modernist ideas to traditional nordic forms and materials earned. Villa busk sverre fehns career has spanned five decades, but it was not until he received the 1997 pritzker prize that he gained international renown. He was awarded a degree ad honorem at hanover in 1978. Fehn died in a retirement home in oslo, his grandson jacob fehn said.
An essay on sverre fehns nordic pavilion in venice. The norwegian architect sverre fehn 14819242322009 is recognized in europe as one of norways most gifted architects and is categorized by most architectural writers as a modernist. Sverre fehn, who has died aged 84, was norways foremost architect of the postwar years. This is the best book on one of norways greatest living architects. One of his best works is the nordic pavilion in venice, built for the 1962 biennale. The book features 32 of fehns most important projects. From 1971 to 1993 he was professor at the oslo school of architecture and design. Oslo norwegian architect sverre fehn, whose unique style of blending modern forms with scandinavian traditions earned him the prestigious pritzker architecture prize, died feb. He replied, i am an american writer, born in russia and educated in england, where i studied french literature, before spending fifteen years in germany. The group, which was led by arne korsmo, had the goal of implementing and promoting modern architecture. Inside, the ceiling, edges and skylights are very topological, as if taking cues from the shaping of the underside of the glacier against rock.
The national museum of art, architecture and design, oslo. He is known above all for his museum and exhibition spaces and private houses. This monograph shows a selection of the great material, featuring drawings, photos, models and films. This private residence, built in his native country like much of his work, is typical of his buildings in their relation to site, strong materiality, and blend of modernity and regionalism. He studied architecture at the oslo school of architecture and design, from where he graduated in 1948. In 1950, fehn joined pagon progressive architects group oslo, norway. Sverre fehn, nordic pavilion, venice lars muller publishers. Per olaf fjeld is a professor at the oslo school of architecture and design. Every man is an architect, pritzker prize acceptance speech, 1997 4 ibid. The poetry of the straight line, translated by joan tate museum of finnish architecture, helsinki, 1992 3 sverre fehn. Roger tyrrell explains how the approach of each architect is defined by the thr. In 19521953, during travels in morocco, he discovered some universal spatial principles which were to deeply influence his future work. He is known for his designs of private houses and museums that integrated.
Sverre fehn exhibition, museum of finnish architecture e. His projects, often described as being instilled with a human quality, include the norwegian pavilion at the 1958 brussels world exhibition and the nordic. As recipient of the 1997 pritzker architecture prizethe professions highest. His highest international honour came in 1997, when he was awarded both the pritzker architecture prize.
We chat about how many young architects seem to be setting up new. In 1949, fehn and architect geir grung 19261989 won the competition for the museum building for the sandvig collections at maihaugen in lillehammer. The pattern of thoughts book online at best prices in india on. See more ideas about architecture, scandinavian architecture and architecture design. Now, as the recipient of the 1997 pritzker architecture prize, his professions highest honor, the rest of the world will be exposed to his talents. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our ad. Sverre fehn 19242009 has long been recognized in europe as one of norways most gifted architects. Steven holl wrote a great forward on the bremuseum and more specifically on the change alluded to by the sculpture. His projects, often described as being instilled with a human quality, include the norwegian pavilion at the 1958 brussels world exhibition and the nordic pavilion at the 1962 venice biennale, the hamar. The poetic narrative that fehn lays out, especially within the architecture and exhibits of his museums has lead me to apply for a travel fellowship. An interview with per olaf fjeld on the words of sverre fehn. He has written a number of books and articles on architecture, most recently, sverre fehn.
The pattern of thought, a biography and perceptive critique on the. The thought of construction, published in 1983, fehn was at a midpoint in his career. As recipient of the 1997 pritzker architecture prizethe professions highest honornorwegian architect sverre fehn has had an impact not only in his home country but around the globe. The pattern of thoughts is a wonderful, very complete tribute to a great architect and interesting person written by a devoted admirer. One cannot peruse christian norbergschulz and gennaro postigliones monograph on sverre fehn electa 1997 without being moved by the wit, beauty and psychophenomenological depth of fehns sketches, which certainly transcend any reductively functionalist preoccupation with. I introduce the book for that comparison, but also because bowles, like fehn, was radically affected. Since 1975, he has run a small architectural studio with his wife, emily randall fjeld. Sverre fehn 19242009 is the most remarkable architect of norway and one of the great names of nordic architecture. He considered the process of building an attack by our culture on nature and stated that it was his goal to make a building that will make people more aware of the. Sverre fehn 1997 laureate biography sverre fehn has long been recognized in europe as norways most gifted architect. Sverre fehn s nordic pavilion in venice is a masterpiece in postwar architecture. Fehns architectural idiom is modern but connects with the landscape and observes history. He participated in the norwegian ciam group in 1950. Christian norbergschulz, internationally renowned norwegian architect and theoretician, describes the wonderful world of utzon.
The pattern of thought, a biography and perceptive critique on the acclaimed postwar modernist. It features reference works from all over the world and presents a selection of utzons most significant projects. In this book, it is my aim to bring to life his voice as an architect, educator, and storyteller with the capacity to transform a personal narrative and its essence into physical space. As recipient of the 1997 pritzker architecture prizethe professions highest honornorwegian architect sverre fehn has had an impact not. Examining this sverre fehn museum is a look inside glaciers, climate change, and the architect himself.1175 1437 1647 244 820 743 1514 776 506 667 1280 108 811 907 234 46 1098 629 165 163 143 1297 403 625 1358 956 828 682 335 452 301 462 1284 865 887 1078