Unique Structures: Scandinavian Form and Function – Metro US

Unique Structures: Scandinavian Form and Function

Scandinavian architecture can be seen all over the world, and is well-known for its sleek and simple designs with a focus on functionality and durability.

Norwegian architecture has entered a new level over the last few years. In Oslo, the amazing Oslo Opera House, by Snøhetta, is winning awards and acclaim all over the world. The unique design and angled exterior surfaces are covered with Italian marble and white granite, and make the structure appear to rise from the water. The new Astrup Fernley Art Museum in Oslo, which presents temporary exhibitions of international art, is beautifully situated at the tip of Tjuvholmen, a restored enclave of modern buildings, shops, restaurants, and sculpture gardens in the popular Aker Brygge area.

With renowned names like Finn Juhl and Børge Mogensen, alongside world-renowned architects such as Bjarke Ingels, whose extraordinary designs focus on green thinking and sustainable, modern living space, Denmark is a hotspot for those interested in design and architecture. Another celebrated name is architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, the father of Danish modernism, with outstanding modern design pieces such as the Egg and Swan chairs, as well as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, which is a landmark in Copenhagen. One of the newer landmarks, designed by 3XN, is the Hotel Bella Sky in the Ørestad district in Copenhagen.

Sweden has a long history of design and architecture, today brought to life by architects like Gert Wihngårdh and multi-disciplinary Claesson Koivisto Rune. A stroll around Stockholm offers up magnificent architecture views where a mix of old and new makes for an unparalleled beauty. All new buildings are carefully designed to be sustainable and leave small carbon footprints. One of the newest additions to the cityscape is Radisson Waterfront by White Architects, a stunning hotel and congress center overlooking the water.

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