Arne Jacobsen

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Works Munkegaards School, at Copenhagen, Denmark, 1952 to 1956.

Soholm Housing Estate, at Klampenborg, Gentofte, Denmark, 1946 to 1950.


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Arne Jacobsen

(b. Copenhagen, Denmark 1902; d. Copenhagen, Denmark 1971)

Arne Jacobsen was born in Copenhagen in 1902. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Copenhagen in 1928 and ran a private practice from 1930 until his death in 1971. His works reflected a form of "critical regionalism" in which traditional techniques collide with functionalist beliefs. This grafting of ideas generated a personal aesthetic which he used to establish a suitability of scale, detail and program for each project.

Jacobsen was interested in the idea of "total design", designing furniture and fittings for the majority of his projects. For his projects Jacobsen depended on attention to detail, appropriateness of material, and the melding of traditional and functional techniques to generate concept and form.

In later works Jacobsen utilized a degree of sensitive detailing that generated the more rigorous formalism of the third-generation International School. Due to his careful attention to detail his interiors were light and delicate with an ascetic but never sterile style.

Jacobsen introduced modern architecture to Denmark. In doing so he strengthened an internationalist aesthetic but through his sensitive efforts to meld modern functionalism with Danish traditionalism he helped create a modern style that was both Danish and Contemporary.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p80-81.

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