Vilhelm Lauritzen

Vilhelm Lauritzen

Danish Architect and Lighting Designer

Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894-1984) was one of the most important Danish architects and a pioneering representative of functionalism in Denmark. He was the architect of numerous well-known buildings including the Nørrebro Theater, the department store Daells Varehus (today Petri Hotel), the radio building and the famous Terminal 39 at the Copenhagen Airport. Other important buildings designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen were The House of the People (Vega), the Shell House and the Danish Embassy in Washington. The radio station and the terminal of the old Copenhagen airport are regarded as unique monuments of modernity in European architecture.

Vilhelm Lauritzen was not only one of the biggest, best known and most productive architects in Denmark, but he was also a master who wanted to combine art, material and light. Throughout his life he focused on the development and improvement of his lamps, which harmonise perfectly with the buildings he designed. In the 1920s, he had already devoted himself to the studies of daylight. Amongst the principles of his lighting technology, he succeeded in contrasting the warm, characteristic sunlight with the cooler and more diffuse skylight. He was extremely conscious of the effect of reflected light, for example, and of how light falls and creates shadows and soft tones.

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