A couple of years, as part of a class on Scandinavian architecture, I had the opportunity to go to Oslo, Norway. It was November so it never got much warmer than 25 degrees fahrenheit and it was dark at 4pm in the afternoon yet it was one of the most significant trips I have ever taken. Scandinavia, as a region, has an amazingly rich tradition of valuing design and to experience that culture first hand was truly transformative for me as a designer.
One of the best things about the trip was getting to visit with the principles of Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects. They are a small firm of roughly 20 people and while they primarily do residential work they have also branched into doing larger and larger public projects. For me, their work is characterized by its innovative use of traditional materials, attention to craft and detail and its consideration of the natural environment. While it was hard for me to select out just a few projects, I have featured three of their residential projects below.