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#Luiis_3x ] Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches: Read the rest of Iceland’s Mag... [ #Luispokel ]

#Luiis_3x ] Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches: Read the rest of Iceland’s Mag... [ #Luispokel ]

Under the sovereignty of Norway, and then Denmark for most of its history, Iceland also had little tradition of monumental architecture until after the end of the First World War. It was only as the country began inching towards independence (which was finally achieved in 1944) that Iceland went a building spree—just as Modernism was blossoming. What accounts for the distinctive design of Iceland’s 20th century churches? Above and beyond the general trend towards architectural modernism, Icelandic architects charged with designing these churches turned to motifs and materials found in the regional landscape. Simply echoing architectural styles of earlier eras and foreign lands would likely seem less relevant to an emerging nation trying to craft a contemporary Icelandic identity.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/icelands-modernist-churches/

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