In collaboration with Routledge publishers, Thomas Bo Jensen's fantastic work about the architect P. V. Jensen-Klint is now being published in English under the title of ‘P. V. Jensen-Klint – The Headstrong Masterbuilder’.
The book sheds light on the genius of Jensen-Klint and his far-reaching significance as a designer and motivator. It is also the first publication that provides a complete overview of his very personal architectural production, including a thorough review of the Grundtvig Church, which is admired throughout the world because of its formidable brick art.
As an architect, a pioneer, an educator and an opinion former, Jensen-Klint has been of great significance to the entire approach in Danish architecture and design.
As a transitional character between a time of vivid historical awareness and a time of yearning for liberation and social responsibility, he succeeded in combining the best elements of tradition in an architecture that held special respect for the context, the materiality and the effect of the detail on the complete architectural expression.
These are all elements that have settled over time as a natural part of the aesthetic and ethical approach in Danish architecture and design.
The work of Jensen-Klint can therefore be considered a central point in the formative history that has made Denmark a high-profile design nation.
Photo: Ole Meyer