architectural design [lecture 7]
mar 17 09
when i think ‘danish architecture,’ it’s a little hard for me to pinpoint an exact image that is supposed to pop up in my mind.
things that swirl around in a spiral but don’t ever manifest itself as a single, underlined, BAM! mental picture:
-Town Hall in Radhuspladsen
-VM housing by B.I.G. in Orestad
-ARoS art museum in aarhus
-jorn utzon center, with big sails
-various urban infill projects
-the black diamond
-or henning larsen’s controversial hulk of an opera house
-vernacular architecture [half-timbering, straw roof, etc.]
does this mean that danish architecture, as a whole, has been unsuccessful in projecting a clear, distinct image to the world? while danish furniture design has definitely made a visible impact on the world, how come danish architecture is not perceived in the same global light? in a world of branded city, branded design firms, branded culture, does Denmark need to improve its architectural branding?
i think that Kay Fisker gives a very elegant response to this question: