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In Service of Undiscovered Life – Kristin Jarmund Architects

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We are happy to announce the new publication In Service of Undiscovered Life, by Kristin Jarmund Architects!

This publication explores a comprehensive world of important and iconic buildings.

Characterised by her aesthetic understanding and admirable detailing, as well as workmanship and expressiveness, the work of Kristin Jarmund Architects relates to functionalism, but with a reinterpretation and refinement of this idiom. Founded by Jarmund in 1985, this leading Norwegian architecture firm strives for solutions with sublime simplicity in form and function, and an emphasis on the human dimension. With roots in Nordic modernism, the work of the office engages in close dialogue with all who see, experience and use the spaces.

In Service of Undiscovered Life explores the rich history of one of Norway’s finest architecture firms, going back to Fyrstikkterrassen – a multipurpose commercial building in Oslo that put Jarmund on the map as a rising star in Norwegian architecture. Since then, Kristin Jarmund Architects have designed a plethora of important and iconic buildings of varying sizes and purposes – including Nydalen Metro Station, the award-winning Råholt School and the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu.

The book is divided into four thematically oriented chapters that cover a broad range of projects by Kristin Jarmund Architects. They are accompanied by thematic introductions by the editor of the book, Tomas Lauri; a foreword by Kjetil Trædal Thorsen; an essay by Aaron Betsky; and an extensive interview with Kristin Jarmund by Tomas Lauri.

Tomas Lauri is an architect and critic. He is co-founder of the architectural office ARKLAB and former editor of Arkitektur: The Swedish Review of Architecture. He has written several books on Nordic architecture.

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen is co-founder and partner of the architectural practice Snøhetta since 1989. He is a lecturer on architecture and was professor of architecture at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck from 2004 to 2008.

Aaron Betsky is a critic, curator, writer and lecturer on architecture and design. He is former director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and currently dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He served as director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale.

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