arne jacobsen, central steel staircase, rødovre town hall, 1952-1956

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    rødovre town hall, 1952-1956.
    architect: arne jacobsen, 1902-1971.

    and finally, inescapably, jacobsen's most famous detail: the rødovre central staircase, suspended in orange-red steel rods from the roof construction. the sides are cut from 5 cm (two inch) steel plate, painted a dark grey; the steps are stainless, only a few milimeters, bent and with a rubber top for "grip".

    it remains as sexy as when it was first revealed and quickly secured jacobsen his first invitation to an architectural competition in germany. jacobsen came well prepared, having already won a fair number of his danish projects in competitions (basically, that is how you get commissions in this country), and the final decade of his career included several large scale projects in germany, two in england (where he had hoped for so much more) and even one in kuwait.

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    1. lmpetersen 70 months ago | reply

      I love how it turns into a pattern, as if there is no depth. Great.

    2. tippy tippy 62 months ago | reply

      wish i could have two, three starts to click for faves!

    3. niñopato 61 months ago | reply

      nice pictures

    4. seier+seier 61 months ago | reply

      tippy tippy + niñopato: thanks!

    5. anarchitecte 61 months ago | reply

      Hi! Your detail picture are just crazy, pointing out everytime wonderfull architectural inovations or architect's crazy imagination lol.

      This staircase is exactly the same as the one he designed for the danish central bank (1965-1978). The same "Z" for the stairs, the same railing!

    6. seier+seier 60 months ago | reply

      yes, the rødovre staircase was "recycled" for the national bank. well spotted :)

    7. J Mark Dodds [a shadow of my future self] 56 months ago | reply

      Well, he deserved more than he got copied badly for:

      Intimate Detail

    8. plaskota 49 months ago | reply

      Nicely photographed. Great staircase.

    9. seier+seier 49 months ago | reply

      one of his best :)

    10. ilovetorontohh 35 months ago | reply

      Great shot! I used it on my Toronto real estate blog. Thanks!

    11. seier+seier 35 months ago | reply

      you are welcome :)

    12. seier+seier 31 months ago | reply

      you are welcome.

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