Friday, 7 August 2009

Joy of Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen is probably one of Denmark's most celebrated architects and designers, having designed, among lots of other things, the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen and the Egg Chair. Yesterday I visited City Hall (Rådhus) in Århus and so respected is this Jacobsen building that it's included in the Danish Canon of Architecture (for more information and theorizing on that, check out an article here). I quite like Rådhus, it's airy and spacious while its lighting and wood panelling keep it warm rather than stark - all of the things you expect from Scandinavian Modernism. Unfortunately I didn't make it up to the clock tower this time round - some of the best views of the city and the bay can be seen there, but for now the views on the inside were more than enough.