Norwegian wood tradition is praised for its stunning craftsmanship and rich regional variety. Jerri Holan’s book Norwegian Wood: A Tradition of Building (Rizzoli, 1990) presents traditional wooden buildings in Norway and their cultural roots, architectural ideas, structural principles and constructional details.
Norwegian Wood: A Tradition of Building focuses on traditional wooden farms and churches. The book opens with an introduction to the Norwegian wood building tradition, its architectural and aesthetic principles and the role of tradition in vernacular buildings in Norway as well as in Scandinavia at large. The chapters discuss the landscape and the site, the typical layouts and spatial arrangements of buildings, and the log and stave detailing. The foreword is by Christian Norberg-Schulz according to whom the term ‘wood culture’ means more than the mere presence of wooden houses and artifacts.
The Finnish architect Reima Pietilä asserts that the dream of Nordic man is a ‘cave of wood.’ Indeed, we need ‘caves’ for protection against a harsh climate, and these must be of the warm material wood in order to offer comfort during the long winters, and even colorful to make us remember the green trees and the flowers of summer (…) The inhabitants of the North have a deep emotional relationship to the material wood. It gives them a sense of belonging and security, and satisfies a need for ‘home.’
— Christian Norberg-Schulz, Foreword, p. 7.
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