stellings hus, gammeltorv, copenhagen, 1934-1937.
architect: arne jacobsen, 1902-1971.
the two original lamps by the entrance are down for the duration of the refurbishment of the ground floor café but otherwise this is very close to how the house first appeared when the scaffolding was taken down in 1937. the media reaction was one of outrage but that may be all they have ever had to offer.
today, stelling stands as one of the finest examples of the integration of a modern house in a classicist setting. for jacobsen, it marked a departure from the white, international style buildings of his early career. the lessons in architecture from asplund and their mutual fascination with italian rationalism had taught him that his neo-classicist training and his modernist ambitions could be reconciled.
indeed, the reconciliation of modernism and classicism would from here on be a returning theme in jacobsen's work.