Architects’ own houses

Realdania Byg's property portfolio contains a number of the houses which prominent Danish architects of the last 100 years have built for themselves and their families. An architect's own home is not just a memorial to the architect but also a significant expression of the architecture and style which characterised his or her work. As their own client, the architects have been able to test ideas and refine their artistic expression without interference from others.

Per Munkgård Thorsen/Lars Degnbol

Arne Jacobsen’s Own House in Charlottenlund (1929/1931)

The villa was built in 1929 by the architect Arne Jacobsen as his private residence. An extension was added in 1931 to house a private studio.

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Per Munkgård Thorsen/Lars Degnbol

Arne Jacobsen’s Own House in Klampenborg (1951)

The house is part of the Søholm estate built 1945-1953 in three stages and with three types of houses all designed by Arne Jacobsen. The house was built as the architect's private house and studio - he lived here from 1951.

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Kira Krøis Ursem

Arne Jacobsen's Own Summerhouse (1936)

The house was built in 1936 as the architect Arne Jacobsen's private holiday home. The architecture displays the transition from regional to international modernism.

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Bertel Udsens Hus Forside Til Hjemmeside

Bertel Udsen's Own House (1956)

The house was built in the middle of the 1950s as private home for Udsen and is typical for his work during this period. Udsen is one of the Danish architects having designed the largest number of single family houses.

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Clemmensen's Own House (1953)

The house was designed and built in 1953 by architect couple Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen and has until 2003 served as both home and studio.

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Kira Ursem

Edvard Heiberg's Own House (1924)

The house was built in 1924 as the home of the architect Edvard Heiberg. Although showing marked classicist features, Heiberg's house is considered the first modernist house in Denmark.

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Lars Gundersen

Esken - Svenn Eske Kristensen’s Own Summerhouse (1954)

"Esken" (a wordplay on the Danish word for "Box") was built in 1954 by Royal Inspector of State Buildings Sven Eske Kristensen as his private holiday home. In the 1960s a guest house and a wood shed were added.

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Jakob Bekker-Hansen

Gunnløgsson's Own House (1958)

The house was designed and built in 1958 by architect, Professor Halldor Gunnløgsson. Gunnløgsson lived in the house until his death in 1985, and his widow lived there until 2012.

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Lars Gundersen

Inger og Johannes Exner's Own House (1963)

The house was built in 1963 by the architect couple Inger and Johannes Exner for their own use. The house is considered a significant work in Danich housing as it departs from the traditional use of materials and details known from the traditional detached house.

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Lars Gundersen

J.F. Willumsen's Own House (1907-1908)

The house was designed by the painter J.F. Willumsen in 1906 and built in 1907-08 as a rare example of the art nouveau style in Denmark. Willumsen lived in the house until 1928. His wife, the sculptress Edith Willumsen, who owned the house, lived here until her death in 1964.

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Adam Mørk

Knud Friis' Own House (1958)

Architect Knud Friis designed and built the villa for himself and his family in 1958 and extended it in 1970. The house reflects many of the attitudes and characteristics found in the architecture by Friis&Moltke.

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Kurt Rodahl Hoppe

PH's Own House (1937 (restoration 2015-2016))

Poul Henningsen's own house belongs to the exclusive group of single family homes from the begining of the Modernist era which takes a stand against the traditionel villa and lays down the foundation for the favorite house of the Danes.

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Ingeniør Varmings eget hus. Foto:Kira Ursem

Varming's Own House (1952)

Varming's house was drawn in 1952 by the architects couple Koppel in a unique coorperation with the engineer Varming. The house is considered as an icon within Nordic housing as it shows innovation in Danish family housing.

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