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Kay Fisker

Forgotten Masters


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Monday 26 February 2018
6.30 — 8pm

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Kay Fisker, Aarhus University, completed in 1946.

© John Peter Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the often overlooked work of Danish architect, educator and writer Kay Fisker and find out more about his revolutionary contribution to housing design.

In the fifth event in our ‘Forgotten Masters’ series, organised in association with Docomomo-UK, an architect and a historian will discuss Kay Fisker’s contribution to the development of Modernist architecture.

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

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Monday 26 February 2018

6.30 — 8pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£12, £6 concessions.