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Arkitekt Axel Høeg-Hansen

Mogens Brandt Poulsen


The architect Axel Høeg-Hansen is ”the man who built the modern Aarhus”, the second largest city of Denmark. He did this in the years 1909 to 1937, when Aarhus was developing from a provincial town into the main city of Jutland. He and his small architect office built most public buildings, like the Art Hall, Aarhus Stadium, the regional hospital, many of the new settlements and housing blocks, the new railway area, connecting the old and the new city, and many other projects.

Høeg-Hansen designed most of his buildings in a personal neo-classical style and was thereby contributing to the popularization of this style in Denmark, which soon became main stream, but unlike for other architects, for him it was not a just a style, it was ”the only style” and he never made the switch to modernism.

This is the first book on Høeg-Hansen, written by the former Dean of the Aarhus School of Architecture, Mogens Brandt Poulsen, illustrated with original drawing material from Høeg-Hansen’s archive, b/wh pictures taken by Høeg-Hansen himself and supplemented with new pictures taken by photographer Aage Lund Jensen.