In the history of Danish architecture, Kay Fisker (1893-1965) cannot be overlooked. He has both helped to shape Danish residential architecture and welfare construction and has made us aware that buildings must be in dialogue with their surroundings.
Through his work, Kay Fisker built a bridge between the traditions and the modern: During his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture, he was influenced by both national romanticism and neoclassicism, and later he helped define the functional tradition in the emerging welfare state. Instead of revolution, he advocated evolution – that architecture should develop through adaptation to society's wishes and needs, both functional and aesthetic.
His distinctive brick buildings are stylish and simple, but at the same time ground-breaking. It is this special combination that makes Kay Fisker an emblematic Danish architect.
In the book, Martin Søberg delves into Kay Fisker's works, from early station buildings on Bornholm to monumental square buildings such as Vestersøhus and Dronningegården, healthcare buildings and educational institutions such as Aarhus University and finally the Danish Institute in Rome.
The book is richly illustrated with a large selection of original drawings and new photographs by Anders Sune Berg.
Martin Søberg has a MA. in art history and Ph.D. in architecture. He is associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Culture at the Royal Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation, where he researches and teaches.
Dimensions: 38 x 22.5 x 3.2 cm
Author: Pernille Albrethsen