Provocations against perfectionism

Provocations against perfectionism

First comprehensive book in English on the work of Friis and Moltke.


Between 1950 and 1980 Danish architects Knud Friis and Elmar Moltke realized hundreds of projects. Most of their work can be found in Jutland, and within this region the majority is built in  and near Aarhus. Roughly ten percent of the firm’s built work is presented here, in a cross section of their schools, town halls, sports complexes, housing, private houses and summerhouses, hotels, offices, factories, churches, and conference centres. The book traces the development of Friis and Moltke’s unique and friendly brutalism, which is always comfortable, casual, and, in the words of Knud Friis, a ‘provocation against perfectionism’.


With contributions by Ellen Braae, Angela Gigliotti, and Jesper Pagh, and photography by Poul Pedersen.


11/05 2022


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