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He designed the Aukrust Museum in Alvdal, but he was as widely known outside the country’s borders.

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Sverre Fehn is probably Norway’s most renowned architects. In 1997 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize, which in many ways is the Oscar award of the architecture. In addition, he was appointed Commander of St. Olavs Orden, and that he received the Norwegian Cultural Council’s honorary award in 1998.

It is thus one of our most distinguished architects who died 23. February 2009.

– He is probably the largest architect Norway has had, “says Nina Berre, Norwegian Managing Director. “And internationally, he has been great.

Berre considers Fehns restoration of the so-called Storhamar barn as his most significant work.


Nina Berre is experiencing Fehns’ learning as equally important as his architectural business. Fehn was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo from 1971 to 1995.

– He did not build much, but spent time and resources as a teacher at the School of Architecture. He has made clear progress through his students, and so has helped to influence the development of modern Norwegian architecture in a very positive way.

But there is no doubt that he, as an architect, left behind footprints that will stand far into the future.

– I think it will be many years before his position as the country’s foremost architect will change, says Berre, who argues that one of the most important of his architecture was that he looked at each project as unique, with its special assumptions, stories and urban qualities. It was never a matter of taking any shortcuts.

– He was concerned with the basics, and concerned with the role of man in architecture. Fehn looked at architecture as far more than just shelter for the wind. And then he was absolutely superb at treating materials. Villa Schreiner is an example where the wooden material and detailles are decorated so that the house becomes like a piece of furniture or a piece of jewelry.

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Storhamar barn

This is part of the Hedmark Museum and is located at Domkirkeodden in Hamar. The barn was originally built over the old bispegården. The barn was still in use when the excavations started at Domkirkeodden in 1947. In 1963 it was decided that the barn should be converted into a museum, and Sverre Fehn was given this assignment.

Aukrust Center

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Storhamarlåven / Domkirkeodden in Hamar Photo: Wikipedia

In 1996, Aukrust Center was opened in Alvdal. It was built to house the 255 works the artist Kjell Aukrust returned to the farm in 1988. “My inspiration and the basis for what I have done come from Alvdalsbygda, so my life work must fall into this village, but Alvdal will benefit in the widest possible sense. “

Ivar Aasen-tunet

Many of Sverre Fehn’s works are built in concrete, and this applies, among other things, to Aasen-tunet in Ørsta. Fehn’s monumental concrete architecture in this wooded sunbathing slope was controversial, and especially in relation to Aasen’s home that was close by and that was a frivolous little wooden house.

Villa Schreiner

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Additional Center Photo: Photo. Wikipedia

Nina Berre calls this villa for a piece of furniture, and as a clear expression of what she thought was Fehns superb handling of materials.

Bremuseet in Fjærland

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Ivar Aasen-tunet Photo: Ivar Aasen Center

Norwegian Bremuseum & Ulltveit-Moe Center for the Climatite, which is the museum’s full name, was completed in 1991. The museum is a private foundation, established by, among others, the Tourist Association, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Universities of Oslo and Bergen.

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