Akersborg Terrace is not mentioned in the standard work on Norwegian functionalism. Neither is the architect behind the town houses, Karl Stenersen (1899–1983), discussed. This article gives an account of Stenersen’s professional orientation, and how Akersborg unites functionalism with a pragmatic sense of topographic and local adaptation in relation to Ullevål Hageby. Stenersen’s study trip to Germany in the autumn of 1934, and the impact from Ernst May and ‘Neue Frankfurt’, will be discussed especially.