arne jacobsen, skodsborg strandvej 300, 1953-1956

villa rüthwen-jürgensen, skodsborg strandvej 300, skodsborg, denmark 1953-1956.

architect: arne jacobsen, 1902-1971.


for some reason it is more fun to upload photos the same day they are, one of arne jacobsen's largest villas, situated on the coast north of copenhagen, was open for inspection before being auctioned off following the bankruptcy of its former owner.


it has always been impossible to gain access to this piece of midcentury modern. I hurried up there with a bunch of colleagues, and the lawyers in charge of the estate were kind enough to let us in even though the skoda we arrived in made it quite obvious that we weren't buying: after all, the last known bid for the property was 55 million kroner, roughly 11 million US dollars...


jacobsen's 1956 villa is interesting and rather complex, combining the quirky angles of his early 50's projects with the cool international style of the following years. it has, however, been gutted and its new interior is not so much in bad taste as it is entirely out of scale with the delicate detailing of jacobsen. sadly, the same is true of the buildings added to the original house: they look as if they were built for people twice the size of jacobsen's clients.


in this and the following photos, I have attempted to portray aspects of the original building. the swimming pool and urns shown here are later additions.


my jacobsen set so far

  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    thanks khalid :) the photo is a stitch of two vertical shots which goes some way to compensate for the shortcomings of my camera...
  • vera vang 6y

    Amazing! Can we get mooore pictures? Please?
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    thanks! there will be a few more :)
  • chris schroeer-heiermann PRO 6y

    I don't know, Kristian, those urns seem pretty original Jacobsen to me--right up his alley. Probably was inspired after a visit to Crete.
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    well, you never know with these guys...after all jacobsen was a classicist by training. but all he wanted for the terrace was the clean edge of the grey marble paving against the blue of the sea.
  • Roberto Bowyer 6y

    great shot
  • peter and seija 6y

    One Million dollars would be a steal, Waterfront, Gold Coast of Cph, but I think you meant 11 million dollars? Which is a little bit more realistic for this house and its privileged setting.
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    ah, you are so right. the offer was 11 million $... I'll correct the text :)
  • chris schroeer-heiermann PRO 6y

    I think I should have included a winking smiley-face behind my comment ;^}
  • chris schroeer-heiermann PRO 6y

    Plus, I was thinking---damn, who can I borrow 1 million from? Bargain!
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    no no, I got it but then it struck me that jacobsen had used concrete casts of classical statues and the like in the small courtyards of his school in vangede. same period.
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    and yes, I can't divide by 5. not good for budgets :)
  • Dirk PRO 6y

    Interesting building.
  • renata p. barbosa 6y

    beautiful set of photos! i´ve been in denmark once and visited jacobsen´s buildings and they´re amazing!
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    I am glad you like it!
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    aug. 19th: on the day of the auction, the curators of the estate announced that a buyer had been found just the day before. price and buyer are both confidential for now, but I guess at least one of them will turn up in the phonebook sooner or later. the place needs quite a lot of work, let's hope they find good architectural advice.
  • Lewis Martin PRO 6y

    Thanks for posting the photo, great to have this image before it becomes private again.
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    thanks, l.m. - it was fun to be there, mostly because we seriously did not fit in (other people arrived in new BMWs and aston martins...)

    it was a little less fun to see how separate money and culture have become since jacobsen built the house.
  • francesco brivio 6y

    great detail.
  • seier+seier PRO 6y

    agreed :)
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