P.V. Jensen-Klint. The Headstrong Master Builder
Thomas Bo Jensen
The Danish Architectural Press, 2009
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P. V. Jensen-Klint – the Headstrong Master Builder tells the story of this Danish genius and his importance as an architect and role model. The book is the first survey of his very personal architectural output, as well as a thorough examination of the Grundtvig Church, admired the world over for its formidable use of brick.
As an architect, pioneer, innovator, and avid critic, P. V. Jensen-Klint proved of major significance for the evolution of Danish architecture and design. As a transitional figure between a period of historical awareness and an urge for liberation and social responsibility, he managed to gather the best elements from the past into an architecture that emphasized respect for context, materiality, and the importance of the detail in the complete architectural expression. In time, all of these elements merged to become a natural part of the aesthetic and ethical basis of Danish architecture and design, reflecting P. V. Jensen-Klint’s important role in making Denmark a high-profile design nation.