Christmas Trip

Posted in building by tot on January 3, 2009

Arne Jacobsen completed sense of proportion in modernism.

Sophistication, the word quite often used negatively in architecture field, seems perfectly achieved here by Jacobsen who is interested in Modern masters such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings and Merrill. So nothing more to add on his works? Boring?

In fact, I felt opposite from that, rather excited. Every proportional operation seems to distinguish the idea of the building, by optimizing noises which is usually caused by various architectural elements. Fluidity is recent trend in architecture, but in detail it is rather difficult to integrate with the construction. In his works, construction details are all toward the entity.

floating Jensen


Jacobsen adopted equilibrium of different programs.

Universal space often contains empty space which allure miesians but not clients. Jacobsen doesn’t try it, but emphasizes equilbrium of different programs and then keeps the entity of the building. Each classroom has the same rich quality of light, foyer and courtyard in Munkegard elementary school.

handrail and diffused light




Cuteness and humor in Jacobsen

Seven Chair, Ant Chair, and Egg Chair have cute curvy shapes and his cutlery also. Lamps and faucets look like bird, and those proportions are always nice. Like animals in space, those furnishings make the spaces lively and charming. In Rodovre Library, the furnishing as well as low building height and equilbrium of program makes the space familiar to visitors.



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