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Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn dies

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Leading Norwegian architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Sverre Fehn died yesterday aged 84

Part of a post-war school that turned away from the urban-focused designs of modernist pioneers such as Le Corbusier, Fehn concentrated on careful choice of materials, use of light and interplay with the local area.

He initially won acclaim with his design for the Norwegian Pavilion at the 1958 World Exhibition in Brussels. This was followed by a much-lauded Nordic Pavilion at the 1962 Venice Biennale and a series of landmark museums, including the Hedmark Museum in Hamar, the striking Norwegian Glacier Museum at the mouth of the Fjaerland Fjord, and the Norwegian Museum for Photography in Horten.

The architect, born in Kongsberg, Norway in 1924, was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1997 and exhibited at the Venice Bienniale last summer.

For more information see this week’s AJ.

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