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Residence, Geirangerfjord Log Cabin (20th Century)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: Norway

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Primary Material(s):

Residential Structure

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
20th Century

Additional Information:
Project Description:
I have been to grass-roofed homes in Norway and the Faroe Islands. When the grass grows too dense, goats are sent onto the roof to crop the abundance of growth. I have seen this happen at Geirangerfjord in Norway. Often wild flowers grow amongst the grass so the roof is, we hope, not only environmentally sound but also beautiful. Given the importance of sustainable practices today and the contemporary interest in roof garden projects (for schools, residences and municipal projects) where grasses, herbs and cultivated flowers can be grown, it is fascinating to note this Scandinavian practice. The log cabin that is shown is probably early 19th century but the house is most likely 20th century although I could not find out specific details.
Most websites deal with the beauty of the fjord scenery. However, the Scandinavia society on Park Avenue has an excellent library with very rare books about Scandinavian crafts.

Publications/Texts in Print:
Dunnett, Nigel. Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living. Portland, Or.: Timber Press, 2011.

Holan, Jerry. Norwegian Wood. New York: Rizzoli, 1990.

Tostrup, Elisabeth. Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.

Building Address:
Geirangerfjord, Norway

Norway, log cabin, vernacular, Geirangerfjord, landscape, wood, residence, country house

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