The Anglo-Danish Society

Danish Architect Kay Fisker remembered through Royal Academy talk

When: Monday 26 February 2018, @ 18.30 to 20.00

Where: The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD

Kay Otto Fisker, Hon. FAIA was a Danish architect, designer and educator. He is most known for his many housing projects, mainly in the Copenhagen area, and is considered a leading exponent of the Danish Functionalism.

Born 14 February 1893 Died 21 June 1965

Kay Otto Fisker was one of the key figures of Danish Functionalism. Like many Scandinavian Modernist architects, most of his works are influential residential housing projects. These experimental buildings show the architect’s interest in Danish vernacular architecture and its characteristic combination of simple forms and traditional materials such as brick.

Projects like the Co-operative Building Society Housing, Borups Allé and Stefansgade in Copenhagen follow a functional tradition of Modernism that values the provision of space and light. They bring to life the belief that architecture is capable of not only providing improved living conditions, but also paving the way towards a better life.

Looking at Fisker’s best known work, the Aarhus University, the delicate massing of spaces and considered monumentality of these brick structures makes apparent the influence that these works have had on further developments in Danish Functionalism, such as Arne Jacobsen’s St Catherine’s College at Oxford.

John Glew – architect; previously visiting professor at the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Martin Søberg – PhD, assistant professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

Supported by the Embassy of Denmark in London

£12, £6 concessions


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