hans christian hansen, architect: tagensbo kirke / church, copenhagen 1966-1970
tagensbo kirke / church, landsdommervej 35, copenhagen NV.
architect: hans chr. hansen 1901-1978 (for once working in his own name).
I used to find hans chr. hansen's tagensbo church the ugliest building in copenhagen. so much for first impressions, you might add, except that I still find hansen church to be one of the ugliest buildings in copenhagen. I have also grown to love it.
over the next few images, we are going to take a closer look at the qualities of hansen's most important work in his own name, going through this exhilarating, infuriating, ugly, beautiful and seriously endangered house.
we begin with its glorious rooftop belfry, reminiscent of arne jacobsen's tower for his town hall in aarhus - a surprising connection with jacobsen and hansen residing at opposite ends of the refined-modernism-to-brutalism axis.
it should however remind us that hansen and jacobsen were born in the same year in the same country, trained at the same school and both began their career in the copenhagen municipal architects department where they worked under poul holsøe in an idiom best described as asplundian. is this their shared upbringing in nordic classicism making itself seen?
as we have come to know hansen, I am pretty sure the concrete skeleton of the belfry and of the facade in general was unpainted to begin with. the paint is recent and has added little but its own weight to the building.
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