Vilhelm Lauritzen

Vilhelm Lauritzen

Born: 1894 - Died: 1984

Vilhelm Lauritzen, Vilhelm Theodor Lauritzen, was a Danish architect. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and graduated in 1921.

The following year, he founded his own firm, Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter. Towards the end of the 1920s, he travelled in central Europe, and became acquainted with the latest trends in functionalist architecture, with its technical and structural innovations. This inspired him to embrace a restrained modernist style.

Three of Vilhelm Lauritzen’s masterpiece in the filed of architure, are protected today by the Danish Goverment: Radiohuset (the house of the national broadcasting network from 1936-41), Folkets hus (the People’s House from 1953-56) as well as an airport terminal from 1939), which in 1999 moved location to Maglebylille outside Copenhagen Airport. In addition, he is known for for the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC (1958-60) and many more famous buildings in Denmark.

Lauritzen has also worked with the industrial art, furniture and lighting. Lauritzen taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the period 1926-41. He was the recipient of the Eckersberg Medal in 1941 and the CF Hansen Medal in 1954. He was a Knight of the first degree of Dannebrog.

William worked in his firm until 1969. The company carries on today, by the third generation Lauritzen under the name of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects.


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