Nordic—Office of Architecture — The Force of the Simple
This monograph marks 30 years of Nordic by telling the stories of 11 key projects without fuss or fog, focusing on how functionality drives form: the force of the simple.
Our design captures this simplicity through stripped-back black and white diagrams which, displayed as sequences, lay bare each project. This visual language also emphasises the commonality of approach to all works, whether at the scale of a village, an airport or a single home.
We use paperstock with a contrasting matt and gloss side to intersperse this diagrammatic black and white storytelling with colourful photography of completed architecture. This sets a rhythm for the pages of the collection as a whole while works are also introduced in the order of their distance from Nordic’s home in the centre of Oslo.
The book is Swiss-bound, revealing both the construction and the use of ‘aurora green’ thread, an energetic flash of nordic colour. The black card and binding cloth cover celebrates powerful simplicity with embossed silhouettes of the signature forms from the 11 works contained and explained within.
Edited by Emma Keyte
Printed by Druckerei Odermatt
Bound by Bubu