Nordic Light Modern Scandinavian Architecture

Henry Plummer


The quality of light in Scandinavia has given rise to some of the most important architecture of the modern period, the richness of which has influenced designers from California to Australia to Japan. The ethereal nature of light combined with natural resources (particularly wood) and highly refined building techniques—not to mention the stark seasonal contrast between the scarcity of light in winter and the glow of long summer days—have provided the context for architectural acts of genius.

Nordic Light highlights established icons, newly discovered gems, and contemporary masterworks: buildings that have achieved the highest expression of Scandinavian design and response to their environment. The projects are featured in detail, along with a general introduction to the history of Scandinavian architecture and a reference section with a bibliography, a directory of architects, and an index of places to visit.


…surveys the imaginative ways designers have engaged with the region’s natural light.

— Elle Decor


Henry Plummer


Henry Plummer is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.Arch from MIT, studied light-art with György Kepes, and was a photographic apprentice to Minor White. He is the author of numerous books on the art of light in architecture, including The Architecture of Natural Light and Nordic Light.