14 August 1924|
Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
|Died||23 February 2009
|Awards||Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal
|Buildings||Norwegian Glacier Museum|
Sverre Fehn (14 August 1924 – 23 February 2009) was a Norwegian architect. His highest international honour came in 1997, when he was awarded both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal.
Fehn was born in Kongsberg, Buskerud. He received his architectural education shortly after World War II in Oslo, a crisis course that would later become an independent school under various names during the next decades, today known as the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He quickly became the leading Norwegian architect of his generation.
In 1952–1953, during travels in Morocco, he discovered vernacular architecture, which was to deeply influence his future work. Later he moved to Paris, where he worked for two years in the studio of Jean Prouvé, and where he knew Le Corbusier. On his return to Norway, in 1954, he opened a studio of his own.
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 (1962) and the Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway (1967–79). Fehn's other notable works include Schreiner House in Oslo (1963) and Busk House at Bamble (1990); however, few of his projects were effectively built.
- 1958 Norwegian Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair, Belgium
- 1962 Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy
- 1963 Schreiner House, Oslo
- 1963-64 Villa Norrköping, Sweden
- 1967-79 Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway
- 1990 Busk House, Bamble
- 1991-2002 Norwegian Glacier Museum, Fjærland
- 1993-96 Aukrust Centre in Alvdal
- 2000 Ivar Aasen-tunet in Ørsta
- 2007 Gyldendal House, Oslo
- 2003-08 National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
- "Norwegian architect, Sverre Fehn, dies at 84". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway). 4 March 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Grimes, William: Sverre Fehn, 84, Architect of Modern Nordic Forms, Dies, in The New York Times, February 27, 2009
- Swedish Architecture Museum: Architect Sverre Fehn, retrieved 29 December 2011
Further reading 
- The Secret of the Shadow: Light and Shadow in Architecture, 2002 with writings by Sverre Fehn
- Sverre Fehn, The poetry of the straight line =: Den rette linjes poesi, 1992
- Per-Olaf Fjeld, Sverre Fehn on the Thought of Construction, Rizzoli International, 1983
- Yukio Futagawa, Sverre Fehn. Glacier Museum. The Aukrust Centre, in "GA Document 56", 1998
- Sverre Fehn. Studio Holme, in "GA Houses 58", 1998
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|Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris