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 Ivar Bentsen



Ivar Bentsen       

(b Vallekilde, 1876; d Copenhagen, 1943).

Danish architect. He was the son of Andreas Bentsen (1839–1907), a master builder and founder of the Håndværkerskolen at Vallekilde. Bentsen worked with his father from an early age on farm buildings, gymnasiums and assembly halls, non-conformist churches and folk high schools. In 1896 he began a carpentry apprenticeship and passed the examination of the Teknisk Skole. He entered the Arkitektskole of the Kunstakademiet in Copenhagen in 1899 but left in protest in 1902, first to travel in Italy with his father, then to join P. V. Jensen-Klint, who had taught him mathematics and drawing. Together they entered the first competition for a national monument to N. F. S. Grundtrig (1912), inspired by Gothic cross-vaulting. As principal of the Håndværkeskolen at Vallekilde (1908–11) and of the Bygmesterskolen at Holbæk (1913–20) he sought to improve the quality of training through surveying and analysing good examples of old buildings. He had learnt this from Jensen-Klint. The natural development of craftsmanship lay in refining traditional constructions. He simplified form and construction by concentrating on the characteristics of materials and taking heed of socio-economic factors. His first houses were influenced by Jensen-Klint’s elaborate Baroque-inspired idiom, as in the Yellow Palace (1907) at Torbenfeldt. In the houses in Møllevangen and Fruens Vænge, Holbæk (1911–13), Svinninge Power Station (1913) and houses for the sculptor Kai Nielsen (1914) at Ørnekulsvej 14 and Johannes Bjerg (1916) at Skodsborgvej 110, both in Copenhagen, the simpler forms stemmed from classicism and the architecture of Gottlieb Bindesbøll. The buildings are rationalized to suit their function.



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The row houses, Bakkehusene in Copenhagen


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