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Competition: win a copy of New Nordic Houses by Dominic Bradbury

In our latest competition, we're offering readers the chance to win one of five copies of New Nordic Houses by Dominic Bradbury, which affords a glimpse into more than forty contemporary Scandinavian homes.

This competition has now closed. Congratulations to the winners, who are Val Swift from Halifax, UK, Carlos Fraga from Guimarães, Portugal, Lucyna Wylon from Prosta, Poland, Alice D'Andrea from London, UK and Ingrid Nyborg from Washington, USA.

Curated by architecture and design journalist Dominic Bradbury, the book offers insights into homes in the region, complete with architectural plans.

We've teamed up with publisher Thames & Hudson to give away five hardback copies of New Nordic Houses, which will be published on 10 September.

New Nordic Houses by Dominic Bradbury and Thames & Hudson

The book brings together designs of "distinctively Nordic" homes, split into four sections: rural cabins, coastal retreats, townhouses and country homes.

Projects from esteemed Scandinavian architects including Tham & Videgård, Snorre Stinessen and Sigurd Larsen can be found within the book, captured by photographers including Marc Goodwin, Pasi Aalto and Rasmus Norlander.

Designed for him and his family, Jon Danielsen Aarhus' Cabin Ustaoset is one of the 12 homes in the rural cabins chapter, alongside the cantilevering timber-clad cabins designed by Stinessen Arkitektur in Manshausen Island.

Manhausen Island Resort by Stinesson Arkitektur
Steve King captures the cantilevering cabins of Manhausen Island Resort by Stinesson Arkitektur

The book draws attention to the extreme climates found in the Nordic regions and how the design of houses has adapted to these conditions.

It also demonstrates the "ever-changing and dramatic natural light balanced by an intrinsic sense of warmth" in the region.

According to the book, the recent generation of Scandinavian architects are designing with "a new appetite for spatial exploration and changing lifestyles" but simultaneously retaining vernacular traditions and natural materials.

Traditional fireplaces act as an interior focal point appear in country homes for example, whilst remote cabins floating over fjords are designed to absorb the surrounding landscape.

Fleinvoer Refugium by TYIN Tegnestue and Rintala Eggertsson
TYIN Tegnestue & Rintala Eggertsson's Fleinvoer Refugium is a coastal retreat. Photography is by Pasi Aalto

Of the 34 projects featured within the publication, Bradbury states in his introduction that most are designed to be off-grid and self-sustaining.

The designs of the houses favour eco-friendly materials and heating systems from green sources, such as solar panels and geothermal ground-source heat pumps.

Arctic Treehouse Hotel by Studio Puisto
Arctic Treehouse Hotel by Studio Puisto. Photography is by Marc Goodwin

"The book is full of fresh thinking about living spaces that are universal," said the publisher. "There are details and grand ideas that can be applied to residential design anywhere."

New Nordic Houses is published by Thames & Hudson and is available to buy online.

Competition closes 27 September 2019. Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email, and his or her name will be published at the top of this page.