Michael Squire’s inspiration: Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen

Grundtvig’s Church, Copenhagen

Michael Squire admires Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen for its poetic use of brick and the way the architect interpreted local traditions in a contemporary way

In Denmark, brick is an ordinary material. But at Grundtvig’s Church, the architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint makes it extraordinary. I first visited two years ago on an office trip to Copenhagen, and as I engaged with the building I found it increasingly compelling. It demonstrates how a building can be a contemporary image of its time while remaining grounded in its culture.

The exterior is powerful and expressive — with roots in gothic, classical and local Danish architecture. Its shapes are drawn from organic crystalline forms and contemporary futurist images, but they are organised within the framework of a traditional Zealand village church.

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