last weekend, the architecture + design program went on a study tour to western denmark – including the cities of arhus, aalborg, and kolding. they all reside on the jutland peninsula, which forms the mainland of denmark and ‘juts’ like a finger into the north/baltic seas:
before embarking on the ferry from zealand (island that copenhagen is on) >>> jutland. where does water end and sky start??
jyllinge hellig kors kirke (new church in jyllinge) by KHR Architects. made from all fiberline compsite material...+ fresh snow!
arhus town hall, by arne jacobsen + erik moller. the exterior seemed to be less than magnificent, but the instant we walked in, the use of light and attention to detail (all the way down to the light fixtures + ashtrays, like typical jacobsen) was...perfect
ARoS art museum in arhus by schmidt, hammer, and lassen. can you say ...guggenheim
'the horse sacrifice', piece exhibited at ARoS. aka a horse killed + chopped up into chunks + crammed into a gajillion preservation jars. = art? (really?)
yes we got to see some alvar aalto! interior of nordhyllands kunstmuseum in aalborg, the only aalto in denmark (my favorite sitting + sketching spot on this whole trip) -- look at the way he bends + reflects light to make this museum one of the brightest indoor spaces...anywhere
koldinghus: awe-inspiring castle restoration work by inger + johannes exner. (interlock your fingers together with both hands and that is how the interweaving of old+new here is described by the danes)
playing along the wall leading to the entrance of the trapholt museum of art in kolding (that's me peeking out on the right)
at the end of a weekend of sketching
the cities in western denmark are just like smaller, quieter, quainter copenhagens — although perhaps not necessarily as cosmopolitan, there is a distinct cozier feel. perhaps it is the exclusively danish chocolate flakes (‘pålægschokolade’) that were served to us for breakfast at the hostels =)