Contemporary Norwegian architecture is among the most vibrant in the world today, and this exhibition features a collection of work by the renowned Oslo-based architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs. Through photographs and models, the exhibition highlights architectural projects that focus on close relationships with Norwegian nature. Lost in Nature is supported in part by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“This exhibition will highlight the Nordic tradition of creating elegant spaces that are sensitive to the natural landscape,” said Nelson. “There is also a Northwest connection. Einar Jarmund, who is coming here to install the exhibit and participate in our opening celebration, attended the University of Washington as part of his training.”
Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vignæs, and Alessandra Kosberg are partners in Jarmund/Vigsnæs. Jarmund and Vigsnæs were born in 1962 in Oslo and graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1987 and 1989. Vigsnæs spent one year at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and Jarmund took a Masters degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Early in their careers, Vignæs worked with Sverre Fehn, while Jarmund taught and worked in Seattle.
The practice of Jarmund/Vigsnaes was established in 1995 after teaching and independent practice for both partners. In 2004 the partnership acquired a third partner, Allessandra Kosberg (b. 1967), who graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1995 and started working with JVA in 1997. The practice focuses on projects with potential for meaningful architecture, most often closely associated to nature and frequently in strong natural settings with harsh climate conditions. The architects explore modern possibilities with sensual and tactile means, seeking the right character for the place and the purpose.
VENUE: The Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, USA, www.nordicmuseum.org
. LOCATION: Seattle, USA. DATE: September 17 – November 14, 2010.
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