Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes

Swiss architecture and design publisher Birkhäuser has released a monograph of Todd Saunders’ work. Based in Bergen, Norway, award-winning Canadian architect Todd Saunders has built work in Norway, Finland and Canada. Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes covers his work over the last decade. The simple yet powerful aesthetic of the book mirrors the elegance of Saunders’ own architectural style and compliments the potency of the natural settings in which his work is often situated.

The book is written by Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell and designed by internationally renowned Swedish graphic designer Henrik Nygren. It includes photographs by Bent René Synnevåg.  The book profiles some of Saunders’ most exceptional projects, including his Aurland Lookout, Fogo Island Studios and Villa G. 

Saunders’ 2012 Fogo Island art studios in Newfoundland won considerable critical acclaim, including the HISE Award for Sustainable Excellence, the AZ Award for Best Commercial Project and a recent nomination for Wallpaper Magazine’s Best Public Project of 2012. Todd Saunders was also ranked one of the world’s ‘5 Greatest Architects Under 50’ by Huffington Post and one of the top 100 architects in the world by German magazine BauNetz. The work of Saunders Architecture has been published in over 200 magazines and over 100 books.

The provocative and forward-looking preface to the book, by Domus Editor Joseph Grima, situates Saunders’ practice at a ‘turning point’ and introduces the possibility of expanding to new urban sites in the coming years. The contents of the book highlight the strong sense of northern identity at work in Saunders’ practice over the last ten years. His work combines dynamic building and material exploration with traditional craft techniques.

008 Preface
010 Introduction
022 Fogo Island
044 The Studios
046 Long Studio 
064 Tower Studio
076 Bridge Studio
088 Squish Studio
101 Drawings
111 Construction Images

118 The Collaborator - An Interview with Olaf Gisper
124 The Modern House - Place, Pragmatism and Cultural Memory
128 The Process - An Interview with Zita Cobb 

134 Aurland Lookout
142 Aurkandsvagen
146 Fogo Island Inn
150  Halvorsen Hansen Addition 
154 Hardanger Retreat
164 Lund Gård Kindergarten
168 Salt Spring Island House
174 Solberg Tower and Park
182 Stokke Forest Stair
188 Summer House Alendal
192 Summer House Sogn og Fjordane
196 Summer House Åland

200 Torngasok Cultural Center
204 Villa Brussels
208 Villa G
214 Villa H 
218 Villa HC
222 Villa Mohn 
226 Villa Moldbakken
230 Villa Morild
236 Villa Storingavika
244 Villa Tyssøy
248 Villa Vågen

Publisher: Birkhäuser
Authors: Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell 
Preface: Joseph Grima (Editor, Domus Magazine)
Graphic Design: Henrik Nygren
Photography: Bent René Synnevåg
Pages: 224 pages (Hardcover)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-0346-1148-0

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Cite: Diego Hernández. "Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes" 30 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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