From the Publisher. The quality of light in Scandinavia has given rise to some of the most important architecture of the modern period, the richness of which has influenced designers from California to Australia to Japan. The ethereal nature of light combined with natural resources (particularly wood) and highly refined building techniques—not to mention the stark seasonal contrast between the scarcity of light in winter and the glow of long summer days—have provided the context for architectural acts of genius.
Light highlights established icons, newly discovered gems, and contemporary masterworks: buildings that have achieved the highest expression of Scandinavian design and response to their environment. The projects are featured in detail, along with a general introduction to the history of Scandinavian architecture and a reference section with a bibliography, a directory of architects, and an index of places to visit.
Henry Plummer teaches architectural theory and design at the University of Illinois. He is the author of The Architecture of Natural Light.