[ Aterlierhusene, Grønnemose Allé, Copenhagen]

Aterlierhusene, Grønnemose Allé, Copenhagen

In 1943, architect Viggo Møller-Jensen built some homes with studios known as Atelierhusene especially designed for artists. The client was a social housing association called Foreningen Socialt Boligbyggeri. The houses comprise three rows of two-storey terraced houses that flank two sides of a small lake near Utterslev Lake. Two rows are for families of artists whereas the third is intended for younger, mainly single artists. There are 21 houses altogether and each has a 35-square-metre artist's studio. Though brick-built, the houses feature facades that vary between thin plaster and boarding. The roofs are made of corrugated fibre cement. The communal garden was designed by landscape gardener C.Th. Sørensen.

Tight artistic purse strings

  • Story written by: Vibeke Andersson Møller
  • Time / Periode 1943

The studio houses were built on the initiative of sculptor Povl Søndergaard during World War II when housing and building materials were in short supply. The dream was to build homes that were both cheap and could accommodate the artists' need for proper working conditions. The indoor studios let in the light from the side or gable, as the artists wished. Small outdoor courtyards could also serve as work places. The largest houses have a room and two small bedrooms as well as a living room, whereas the smallest houses have one bedroom and a kitchen-dining room. The low-cost houses were equipped with only a stove and shower. The architect made a virtue of observing a strict budget and highlighted the simple architecture with the staggered facades using rather rough texture effects.

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