Skrúður, Núpur

The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, 2013

edited by Patrizia Boschiero, Luigi Latini, Domenico Luciani

Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

Treviso 2013

176 pages

97 illustrations in colour and 89 black and white.

Are available Italian and English editions

ISBN 978-88-97784-17-3 (Italian edition)

ISBN 978-88-97784-18-0 (English edition)

(series Memorie/dossier).


The dossier sets out to acquaint readers, including non-specialists, with the form and life of the place awarded the 2013 Carlo Scarpa Prize: Skrúður, a tiny botanical garden attached to a school specializing in arts and crafts founded at the beginning of the 1900s in the village of Núpur, in the Western Fjords region of Iceland, just a few kilometres south of the Arctic Circle.

The garden, its history, its characteristics and its geological, geographical and cultural context are described from various disciplinary points of view. The studies and the illustrations, and above all the words of the “diary” kept by Pastor Sigtryggur Guðlaugsson, translated and published unabridged, introduce us to a story of doggedly passionate commitment on the part of men and women, of teachers and pupils, from the beginning to the present day.

Stones, trees, green and root vegetables, ornamental plants and flowers are the raw materials of a practical experiment, carried out in extreme environmental conditions and designed to explore the educational potential and emancipatory force, for the individual and the community, of a direct relationship with and understanding of nature.


Indice del volume

Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino 1990-2013, 4

Regolamento e Giuria del premio, 5

Skrúður, Núpur. Motivazione della Giuria, in lingua italiana, islandese, inglese, 8

Brynjólfur Jónsson, Il nostro lavoro e il vostro incoraggiamento, 26

Aðalsteinn Eiríksson, Benvenuti a Skrúður, Núpur, 28

Sigtryggur Guðlaugsson, Skrúður á Núpi. Quarant’anni di coltivazioni, cure e rinnovi (1909-1949), a cura di Aðalsteinn Eiríksson e Brynjólfur Jónsson, 30

Aðalsteinn Eiríksson e Maurizio Tani, Skrúður, la scuola di Núpur, Sigtryggur Guðlaugsson e la pedagogia di Grundtvig nella storia dell’educazione islandese, 79

Halldór Kristjánsson, Sigtryggur Guðlaugsson, pastore a Núpur, 91

Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, L’Islanda: un’isola vulcanica dalla geologia singolare nel Nord Atlantico, 95

Parco nazionale Þingvellir, 103

Gullfoss, Skógafoss, Dynjandi, 107

Protezione antivalanghe a Siglufjörður, 110

Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, La storia dell’Islanda, 112

Einar E. Sæmundsen e Samson B. Harðarson, Dagli orti ai giardini ornamentali, 119

Massimo Rossi, Sulla costruzione culturale dell’altrove nordico, 138

Hervé Brunon, La foresta perduta e il paradiso ritrovato, 150

José Tito Rojo, Skrúður, il giardino felice, 158

Bibliografia, 166

Cartografia, 171

Elenco delle illustrazioni, 172

Premio Internazionale Carlo Scarpa per il Giardino 2013, 174