By Thomas Bo Jensen

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Monograph on the Danish architects Inger (b. 1926) og Johannes Exner (1926-2015).

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Monograph on the Danish architects Inger og Johannes Exner. An essential volume - richly illustrated. DANISH LANGUAGE EDITION.

The Danish architects Inger and Johannes Exner’s work is based on a genuine interest in the interaction between climate, materials, and architectural constructions. This has resulted in a comprehensive, rich, and original production spanning a 50-year period. Like no other Danish architects the Exners (both born in 1926) have studied and experimented with masonry and their works are clearly influenced by the climate claims and the character and possibilities of the materials at hand. Their architecture differs in many ways from Nordic modernism, which is powered by a particular form vocabulary.

The Exner couple specializes in church architecture, restoration and transformation. They have developed their personal architectural agendas in the interaction of the traditions of local craft and historical buildings and the impulses of contemporary international architecture as from Sweden and Germany.

The Exners’ church architecture is shaped by thorough liturgical studies. They were the first Danish architects to break with the traditional typological framework and instead focus on the rituals that take place in the church.This approach paved the way for a new church typology where the design is defined by the social meeting among the people who use the church.

Also when it comes to restoration and transformation, the work of Inger and Johannes Exner is outstanding. It is based on the tenet that all architecture is an open process of life that develops in layers over time, growing richer through use and weathering. Today, their transformation of the Koldinghus castle ruin into a museum is probably the most radical example of their restoration work. On the one hand, they have preserved all the historic traces - even the ugly ones - and on the other hand, they add a reversible but strong personal layer that reflects contemporary views.

The Exners’ architecture is so consistently implemented and is hence both loved and hated. As such, it has a lot to offer both the present and the future.

The monograph on the Exners received an award for best textbook in 2012 by the Danish Book-Craft Society. The richly illustrated book is written by Thomas Bo Jensen (born 1964), Professor, architect and PhD. has also authored the well-received monograph on the Danish architect P.V.Jensen-Klint (2006/2009).

AuthorThomas Bo Jensen
Format30 xm x 29 cm
Publisherikaros press
BindingHard cover
Page count364