Norwegian renowned architect Sverre Fehn has died

One of Norway’s best known architects, Sverre Fehn has died at the age of 84. Among his best known works is the Norwegian Glacier Museum (1991) in Fjærland. Fehn has receeived a number of international awards. 

Foto: Nasjonalmuseet

Photo: The National Museum

Sverre Fehn (born 1924) received his architectural education shortly after WWII and quickly became the leading Norwegian architect of his generation. He is also Norway’s most widely acclaimed architect abroad.

At the age of 34 Fehn gained international recognition for his design of the Norwegian Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World Exhibition. In the 1960s he produced two works that have remained highlights in his career: the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and the Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway.

In recent years Fehn has produced a string of highly acclaimed museums in Norway: the Norwegian Glacier Museum (1991) in Fjærland, the Aukrust Centre (1996) in Alvdal, the Ivar Aasen Centre (2000) in Ørsta and the Norwegian Museum for Photography (2001) in Horten.

The architect’s highest international honor came in 1997, when he was awarded both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal.

Fehn was a professor at the Oslo School of Architecture from 1975 to 1995 and is an honorary fellow of Norwegian, Finnish, Scottish, British and American architecture associations and institutes, as well as the royal academies of Copenhagen and Sweden. In 1993 he received the Gold Medal from the French Academy of Architecture and in 2001 he became the first recipient of the Grosch medal, an award established to commemorate the works of Norway’s seminal architect from the era of nation-building. Sverre Fehn has also been made a commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

Sverre Fehn’s most recent work is the new Norwegian Museum of Architecture in Oslo.

To watch a slideshow of Fehn’s masterpieces on Aftenposten.no, click here

Source: NorwayPost  (NRK/UD)

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