Kay Fisker (1893-1965) is widely regarded as Denmark’s most significant twentieth-century architect. Yet, there has been no comprehensive English-language examination of his work and writing until now.
This book examines Fisker’s key projects – from his early railway stations and innovative housing projects to the Danish Academy in Rome – and analyses his work as a historian and writer as part of the Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture series, which brings to light the work of significant yet overlooked modernist architects.
Fisker’s work is closely associated with the functional tradition, a hybridisation of international modernism and regional architectural typologies. This book demonstrates how his architectural poetics can be understood to synthesise an ideal order and the contingent conditions of landscapes and urban sites. The book contends that hybridisation is a valuable concept for understanding Fisker and comprehending modernist architecture as a whole, with its numerous expressions, ambitions, and tensions both regionally and internationally.