|Arne Jacobsen - Denmark
Gammeltorv 6, Copenhagen
1937 - 1938
The so called Stelling Hus is a building on Gammeltorv in the historic centre of Copenhagen. Designed by Arne Jacobsen, it was completed in 1938.
The building was designed and constructed as a retail store and an office building for the A. Stelling paint company. For sure it is one of the buildings
which is most representative for Arne Jacobsen's career as a whole. He himself took pains to have the construction blended in with the older buildings
of the surroundings, while it caused a great deal of controversy and provoked heavy criticism when it was under construction and in the years following
its completion. In several articles in the printed media even called banning Arne Jacobsen from building again.
Towards the end of the 1930s Arne Jacobsen dissociated himself from the classic white functionalism, jus a few years after he had built the Bellavista developments.
He now started to employ an approach which is considered to be more nodic modernism like. In the Stelling Hus, the relation to Erik Gunnar Asplund becomes quite explicit.
The facade, which consists of a coat of pale green ceramic tiles, continues the compositonal principles of the neighbouring building. This attitude is clearly the attempt to link
the Stelling Hus with its neighbour. The construction is indeed executed in a puritanically modernistic style, but complements the classicism of the surrounding buildings.
The elevation can be divided into the three classical pats. The base is occupied by the shop, the intermediary body shows windows tending towards the vertical, and an absent
moulding at the top which finishes off the compositon. The Stelling Hus is a reinforced concrete structure with six stories, the top floor being slightly set back.
The ground floor and the first floor are clad in green-painted steel plates. The main body of the building is finished in the already mentioned green / grey tiling.
The Stelling Hus became a listed building in 1991.