Soholm Housing Estate
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Architect Arne Jacobsen
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Location Klampenborg, Gentofte, Denmark
Date 1946 to 1950   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing
 Construction System masonry walls
Climate temperate
Context sea views
Style Modern
Notes Asymmetrical silhouette repeated with offset creates unity.




Section Drawing

Site Plan Drawing



Discussion Soholm Housing Estate Commentary

"The chain type and terrace houses, built by Jacobsen in 1950 and 1955, stand on the site of a manor house which was demolished. The orientation of the houses gave rise to problems as the seaside view is eastward. The two-storey chain houses are facing South-East; they have non-symmetric roofs and a particularly close association with the garden. The wind-protected outdoor seats are screened against view from neighbours. The living room area has a rather dramatic effect in relation to its size, with the high-level ribbon of windows on the North side, the steep flight of stairs, and the open connection between the upper floor lounge and the high but narrow dining space at ground floor level. The buildings are erected in yellow brick, with asbestos cement roofing."

— Tobias Faber. Arne Jacobsen. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1964. p40.

Sources on Soholm Housing Estate

Tobias Faber. Arne Jacobsen. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1964. LC 64-16676. NA1223.J3F313. plans of all three floors, p41. site plan, p40. section, p41.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. photo, p1270. discussion, p1255. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photo, p183. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Soholm Housing Estate


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