Title page for ETD etd-06032011-093605

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McKinley, Abigail Joanne
URN etd-06032011-093605
Title a study of material: a house in the arctic circle
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Doan, Patrick A. Committee Member
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
  • material
  • norway
  • stone
  • arctic circle
Date of Defense 2011-05-04
Availability unrestricted
the work that follows is a study in material and the nature of its


i chose a site that was rich in tradition of building, but chose to not mimic tradition. the arctic circle of norway has a tradition of stone and wood construction. the remote qualities of the site lead me to choose a house, of local stone and wood. the extreme conditions of the environment posed the challenges in design and construction.

i did not test the limits of the stone, but let the stone do what is

natural to it. i chose not to force the stone to be anything other

than itself, and working with these natural tendencies to make the decisions of construction.

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