hans christian hansen, architect: tagensbo kirke / church, copenhagen 1966-1970. colour and weave.
tagensbo church and kindergarten, landsdommervej 35, copenhagen NV.
architect: hans chr. hansen 1901-1978 (working under his own name).
the light blue hues of the balcony front create a perfect balance of colour with the pale pink of hansen's furniture. it also forms one of the most original architectual colour schemes in denmark outside the vast contribution to the field by arne jacobsen.
but perhaps colour is not the most striking feature in the photo. in project after project we have seen hansen develop the relationship between the skin and bones of modern construction. here, for the first time, his painted plywood cladding is presented as a semperian weave.
gottfried semper was a hugely influential 19th century german architect and art historian who advanced a theory on the origin of architecture in which cladding and clothing (bekleidung in german) were interchangeable and in which textiles were the true beginning, the urkunst of building.
a single balcony front proves nothing, however odd and original, but as we shall see the weave turns up more than once in the imagery and use of materials in hansen's church.