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Background

Trefunkis is a Norwegian word for “modern” wooden buildings from the 1930´s. The Parthenon is a marble building pretending to be a wood building. Trefunkis are wood buildings pretending to be masonry buildings. The inspiration for trefunkis was 1920´s European modernism. Simple masonry buildings with large windows and flat roofs. Built by architects such as Ludwig Mies van der RoheLe CorbusierWalter Gropius in Europe and Gunnar AsplundArne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto in Scandinavia. Masonry was a relatively expensive building material in Norway, Trefunkis developed as a cheaper wood-built interpretation.