Architecture in the Scandinavian Countries
414 pp., 7 x 10 in,
- Published: December 30, 1991
- Publisher: The MIT Press
The most complete survey of Nordic architecture available today.
From Viking structures to Renaissance housing projects, Medieval stave churches to modern crematoriums, Architecture in the Scandinavian Countries presents the most complete survey of Nordic architecture available today. Its more than 400 illustrations provide a visual introduction to nearly 10,000 years of building in the region, with examples of ecclesiastical, domestic, and civic buildings showing how Scandinavian architects used their own resources and traditions, as well as adapting the styles of medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern Europe to generate ideas that were to have major international consequences.
More than three decades after Thomas Paulsson published his pioneering book Scandinavian Architecture, the first serious attempt to present a unified history of Nordic building, Marian Donnelly has written an even more comprehensive work. Donnelly's account begins with the earliest known remains of dwellings dating to around 7500 B.C. and closes with the commercial buildings of the 1970s. In between, she covers every important figure, movement, and style in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroes. Included are both canonical and unknown structures, obscure and celebrated architects. There is an extensive bibliography and a guide to biographical references for the architects.
I am impressed by Ms. Donnelly's wide knowledge of a large subject. Architecture in the Scandinavian Countries is well-balanced and easy to read. Her knowledge of Scandinavian architectural literature - not to mention architecture - is impressive. This book should be read not only in America, but in Scandinavia.
Riitta Nikula, Head of Research, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Architecture in the Scandinavian Countries is distinguished by Donnelly's exhaustive documentary research, site visits to all the buildings discussed, and an excellent command of European architectural history.
Leonard K. Eaton, Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture Emeritus, The University of Michigan
Funding provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program.