What should you know about the modern architecture of Denmark?

Denmark, a common ground for various styles of architecture throughout the millennia, has seen a plethora of changes in both materials and design cues of its architecture. The first architecture to evolve was that of the Vikings and Celtic designs which still today is considered the most sophisticated designs of the period. Later, during the 10th century on-wards, the Danish landscape witnessed the beautiful buildings of Romanesque designs followed by magnificent Gothic designs that still stands today as examples of great artwork and feats of architecture. Later in the mid16th century, renaissance architecture took over and influenced many cathedrals and castle designs taking design cues from the French.
Modern day architecture



Most of what we see today in the form of modern Danish architecture is a derivation of the design cues from the past design mingled with straight, minimalist, and functional attitude. The architecture we see today in Denmark is not only breathtakingly beautiful but also very practical and modern. A few of such form of architecture are stated as follows:


Nordic classicism- with the turn of the century, new types of design emerged blending old with the new and merging art with functionality. Appeared during the 20th century, neoclassicism as it widely began to be known as, drew its inspiration from existing art forms and design statements of the Nordic culture and drew heavily upon it to create many spectacular examples of architecture unique and beautiful.


Functionalism- with the onset of a modern era, the architectural design too took a turn due to the availability of advanced materials like mortar, concrete, steel, and glass and a simple and minimalist approach to building structures mainly focused on functionality. The buildings that were created during this era were typically modern with an industrialized architecture that is reminiscent of the beginning of the current age we live in today.


Modernism- with the end of the second world war, a new era in architecture emerged due to extensive globalization and the effects of functional architecture. The architecture that evolved during this period is considered to be in trend today with architecture mixing in the background of nature. Extensive use of glass, steel, concrete formed the most beautiful design cues and had been borrowed by architects all around the world. The clean lines and modern looks of houses and buildings often created news from Denmark and was swiftly adopted by engineers and builders overseas for project designs.


Today, in the present century we can see many features in the modern landscape that borrowed architectural cues from Danish architect who themselves adopted a lot of design from all kinds of architecture. The beautiful mix of architecture and art have created unique geography in the modern world which is second to none today and have created icons like The Sydney Opera House, Grande Arche and many more.