Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects: 100 Years of Danish Modern
Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects
Strandberg Publishing, 2022
100 years unfolds the story of the development of the Danish welfare state through the diverse practice of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. It is a story of visionary ideas and magnificent works strong enough to remain relevant for a century.
The architecture does not merely reflect modern society. It has actively helped to build it. Here, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects occupies a special position in Scandinavian architecture, as the design studio, by virtue of an unbroken practice for 100 years, is the same age as Nordic modernism. Once reserved for a small elite, the works of the studio reflect the ideal that good architecture should be popular. It can be seen in modernist icons such as Copenhagen Airport, Radiohuset, Daells Varehus and Folkets Hus (today VEGA) and right up to today, where Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects is behind buildings such as DR Byen, Krøyers Plads and the future mega hospital in Hillerød.
In the book, Nordic modernism is unfolded with Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects’ practice, as the prism through which one looks. Not as a chronological sequence, but as a thematic impact that together gives an insight into 100 years of architectural and social development. In addition, Moderne for 100 years presents a chronological presentation of 80 of the design studio’s most important buildings.
Together, the richly illustrated book clearly shows the evolution of architecture, both as a physical form and through the techniques used to represent architecture, from delicate watercolors and pencil drawings to hyperrealistic 3D renderings.