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Kay Fisker: Danish Functionalism and Block-based Housing

Author/EditorClancy, Andrew (Author)
Moore, Colm (Author)
ISBN: 9781848224056
Pub Date28/09/2022
BindingHardback
Pages132
Dimensions (mm)297(h) * 297(w)
Beautifully illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings, this book documents and critically analyses three of Kay Fisker's seminal housing projects in Copehagen: Hornbaekhus (1923); Vestersohus (1935-39); and Dronningegarden (1943-58).
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This book is the first on the architecture of Kay Fisker (1893-1965), a leading exponent of Danish
Functionalism. Influenced by Louis Sullivan, Fisker had a strong belief in
continuity, putting modernism in perspective and identifying precedents. He
built many large scale housing schemes, mostly for non-profit workers' housing
associations, and developed innovative and beautifully considered high-density,
low-rise block schemes, which have proven useful and influential to the growing
number of contemporary architects who have examined his designs.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and architectural
drawings, this book documents and critically analyses three of Kay Fisker's
seminal housing projects in Copenhagen: Hornbaekhus (1923); Vestersohus (1935-39);
and Dronningegarden (1943-58). These projects reflect how Fisker's work
contains valuable lessons for contemporary architects in economy, precision and
generosity in housing design. An introduction sets Fisker's work within their
historical, social and architectural context. A final section includes in-depth
case studies of the three award-winning contemporary architects: Tony Fretton,
London; Clancy Moore, Dublin and Job Floris of Monadnock, Rotterdam. The architects
explain their projects and how these have been influenced by Fisker.

This book is the first on the architecture of Kay Fisker (1893-1965), a leading exponent of Danish
Functionalism. Influenced by Louis Sullivan, Fisker had a strong belief in
continuity, putting modernism in perspective and identifying precedents. He
built many large scale housing schemes, mostly for non-profit workers' housing
associations, and developed innovative and beautifully considered high-density,
low-rise block schemes, which have proven useful and influential to the growing
number of contemporary architects who have examined his designs.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and architectural
drawings, this book documents and critically analyses three of Kay Fisker's
seminal housing projects in Copenhagen: Hornbaekhus (1923); Vestersohus (1935-39);
and Dronningegarden (1943-58). These projects reflect how Fisker's work
contains valuable lessons for contemporary architects in economy, precision and
generosity in housing design. An introduction sets Fisker's work within their
historical, social and architectural context. A final section includes in-depth
case studies of the three award-winning contemporary architects: Tony Fretton,
London; Clancy Moore, Dublin and Job Floris of Monadnock, Rotterdam. The architects
explain their projects and how these have been influenced by Fisker.

Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore were both educated at University College Dublin and completed PhDs by Practice with RMIT. In 2008 they established Clancy Moore Architects which has been acknowledged in domestic and international awards, publications, lectures and exhibitions. Andrew Clancy has been Professor of Architecture at the Kingston School of Art London since 2016. Colm Moore is currently a senior lecturer at Queens University Belfast, where he co-ordinates the M.Arch programme.

Introduction: Kay Fisker and the Conditions of Life by Andrew Clancy & Colm Moore. 1: Kay Fisker's Principles for Modern Housing by Martin Soberg Essay. 2: An Outline of Danish Social Housing History by Poul Sverrild. 3: Dronningegarden and Kay Fisker's Continuum by Job Floris. Building Studies: Hornbaekhus - The Block; Vestersohus - The Terrace; Dronningegarden - The Square. Response 1: Between familiarity and Abstraction by Tony Fretton. Response 2: Two Tone by Job Floris. Response 3: Conversation and the Contingent by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore. Coda: The Moral of Functionalism by Kay Fisker

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