Architecture Exhibitions International

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The National Museum - Architecture Oslo

Housing Design

Permanent exhibition
Current exhibition:
Sep 25, 2020–Jan 31, 2021 Erling Viksjø
Jens Selmer and Preben Krag, «Bølerskogen borettslag», ca.1954. Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Morten Thorkildsen

With models, drawings and photographs from the collection, the exhibition offers insights into the history of modern Norwegian housing.

How have notions of housing quality changed during the century from around 1920 to the present? The exhibition shows how Norwegian architects have explored new forms of housing and new approaches to urban planning in residential projects.

Of central interest are the garden cities of the inter-war period and the expansion of the suburbs after WWII. Alongside the main emphasis on social housing, the exhibition looks at experiments in home architecture in terms of selected detached houses. Atrium houses from the 1960s are also on show. This type of house formed according to theorist Christian Norberg-Schultz a particularly fruitful test bed for new life styles.

The book Hva er en god bolig? (What is a good home?) by Ketil Moe and Johan-Ditlev Martens will be published by Universitetsforlaget to coincide with the exhibition.