Vilhelm Lauritzen

Vilhelm Lauritzen is one of Denmark's most important architects and one of the originators of the new Nordic modernism that became popular in the 1930s.

Lauritzen was trained as an architect at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1921, and established his own studio the year after. He is considered as a symbol of modern life in the 1930s, and his buildings and interiors are prime examples of functionalism's technical and constructive innovations; one of these being the building of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation from where the Radiohus Sofa originates. Other notable build- ings includes Nørrebro Theatre, Daells Department Store, Kastrup Airport and many others of which several have been preserved for posterity.

Vilhelm Lauritzen has been honored numerous times for his work, and received the Eckersberg Medal in 1941, C.F. Hansen Medaljen in 1954, and the Honorary Medal of the Academic Architecture Association in 1964.