Scandinavia: Old and New

“Architecture is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”

~ Daniel Libeskind

Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Copenhagen Opera House


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Fishing Houses, Bergen, Norway


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Barcode Project and Oslo Opera House



Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.

~Arthur Ericsson

Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Classic Copenhagen


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Gamla stan, Stockholm



“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”

~Zaha Hadid

Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Opera House Angles, Oslo


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Kronberg Castle, Denmark


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Frederiksborg Castle Chapel, Denmark



“I see my buildings as pieces of cities, and in my designs I try to make them into responsible and contributing citizens.”

~ Cesar Pelli


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Stockholm View


Scandinavia, Architecture, Travel, Photography,

Red Boat, Copenhagen





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  1. So enjoy your work! Loved the gotcha moments 😉

  2. I enjoyed your photos. It feels like being there, too. I love most of all your shot of the castle chapel. The proportions are just lovely.

    • Hi Imelda, What a wonderful compliment, thanks very much. That chapel was incredible and I was happy to get an image that conveyed what it felt like standing there. Happy you like this set.

  3. So colourful – and so different from the stereotypical wintery, snowy images we are used to seeing of Scandinavia!

  4. Beautiful captures you are presenting – really shows the combination between new and old architecture in Scandinavia!

  5. You certainly get around. Hope you had a good holiday weekend. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  6. Thank you for the colorful and beautiful mini-visit, Jane. As always, I leave your site with a smile.

  7. love the contrasts, Jane: colors, angles, textures, water/land –makes me want to visit right now! thanks for sharing

  8. These places looks strangely familiar somehow… 😀
    Trivia of the day: I helped to build the opera house in Oslo.

  9. I salute you, Jane, for capturing something of the Scandinavian soul! Magnificent shots – and somewhat more beautiful than reality…at least I believe this is a phenomenon happening to people who actually live in this area. For example myself…

  10. I like especially the fishermen houses.

  11. You have accurately captured the color and atmosphere of this “wonderful” country. Beautiful pictures, especially “Fishing Houses, Bergen” I loved it! Greetings from Barcelona! 🙂

    • Hi Jacinto, The fishing houses are the colors and style I imagined seeing in Norway. Very charming. I’m so glad you enjoyed the contrasting architecture. Thank you! PS. I love Barcelona.

  12. As always terrific compositions Jane. Must admit that while the new is beautiful I’m drawn to the old from a photographic perspective. Red boat is my fav this week.

    • Hi Tina, Yes, the old towns are very picturesque, for sure. There’s a reason they call places like the area around the red boat touristy– people flock to the historic beauty. Happy you liked this set– thanks so much.

  13. Great photos Jane ! I’ve only been to Copenhagen so far, but will be in Stockholm for a long weekend two weeks from now. Your pics are just the right appetizer 👏

  14. Well-done images of places I would love to visit.

  15. These are absolutely AMAZING shots…..was so exciting to go from one to the other….fantastic places….the detailed shot of the castle chapel is just mind blowing…..want to live in the fishing houses😘

    • Hi April, A melange of architecture… Glad the chapel caught your eye– it was quite incredible with its details. The fishing houses were so charming and isolated. Thanks so much, my friend. 😘

  16. Stunning photos Jane…looks such a beautiful place 🙂

  17. Jane, I just love looking at your pics. You seem to make the places I have seen look better than they look in real life, and make me want to go see what I have not….like Norway. Thanks, L

  18. great job of contrasting!!! Love the representative shots of each photo..

  19. Another striking post from your Scandinavian trip. What a visual treat. Thanks.

  20. Stunning series of opposites…Beautifully seen and framed. I salute you.

  21. Great images of the very varied architecture!

  22. Great photos, Jane. I am very intrigued by the Opera House. It is a bit of a riff on Sydney’s OH, only upside-down and angular. I hope that you post some more architectural shots from your travels—they really are well-composed and interesting.

    • Hi Allan, The architectural firm is the same one that did the new SFMoMA addition. Some similarities. The Oslo building is very interesting – I have some interior shots that I’ll post at some point.
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying these and I appreciate your positive comment– thanks so much.

  23. Love the old and new too! And the opening quote about the wonder behind architecture is nice.

  24. Beautiful shots! Love the combination of modern Oslo with Stockholm Gamla Stan. Have you been to Malmo? Turning Torso Building could also be part of this wonderful set.

  25. Love the modern and “vintage” images of these beautiful cities. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

  26. Wonderful images, Jane. Love the ‘Classic Copenhagen’.

  27. Great mix of the old and the new.

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