Bagsvaerd Church, Jorn Utzon Copenhagen

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Bagsvaerd Kirke, København

Famous Religious Architecture – design by Jorn Utzon, Copenhagen, Denmark

8 Feb 2010

Bagsvaerd Church

Jorn Utzon’s remarkable church in a northern suburb of Copenhagen – images:

Address: Bagsværd Kirke, Taxvej 14-16, 2880 Bagsværd, Denmark

Phone: +45 44 98 41 41

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Danish Architecture: Bagsværd Kirke images © Adrian Welch 2002

Bagsvaerd Church / Bagsværd Kirke
1974-76
Jørn Utzon, Architect

Address: Taxvej 14, Bagsværd
Location: north Copenhagen, bus or taxi from city centre

Bagsvaerd Church Copenhagen
Utzon’s next major design – after returning to Denmark after Sydney – was the Bagsvaerd Church, Copenhagen. The plain and rectilinear exterior contrasts with the sensuously curving soffits within – the interior creates a welcome surprise. Professor Richard Weston explained in one of his lectures on Utzon that the Client wanted a cost saving so the whole building was shrunk in proportion: in fact the scale of some elements does seem rather reduced, especially the exposed gables at the top seen from the east. This Lutheran church is located in low-density suburbs almost on the north edge of Copenhagen.

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Danish Architecture: Bagsværd Kirke images © Adrian Welch

Jorn Utzon planned the interior vaults after being inspired by banks of clouds. His sketches evolved from nature images to hanging overhead vaults. Bagsvaerd echoes the expressionism and humanism of Aalto.

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Danish Architecture: Bagsværd Kirke images © Adrian Welch

Bagsvaerd Church – Opening Times: every day 9am – 4pm

Bagsvaerd Church Architect – Jorn Utzon

Jorn Utzon: Pritzker Architecture Prize
Danish architect Jorn Utzon designer of the Sydney Opera House, Australia, received the 2003 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Nobel Prize of the architecture world.

The Pritzker Prize ceremony took place at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Jorn Utzon is the first Dane to become a Pritzker Laureate.

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Danish Architecture: Bagsværd Kirke images © Adrian Welch

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Website: www.bagsvaerdkirke.dk

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