Flemming Lassen

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Randers Cultural Centre (1969)

Flemming Lassen (23 February 1902 – 18 February 1984) was a Modernist Danish architect and designer, working within the idiom of the International Style. Among his most notable buildings are libraries and cultural centres. He was the brother of Mogens Lassen, also an architect.

Early life[edit]

Flemming Lassen was born on 23 February 1902 in Copenhagen into an artistic family. His father Hans Vilhelm Lassen was a decorative painter and his mother, Ingeborg Winding, was a painter. He trained as a mason before completing his education at the Technical School. After working in a number of different architecture studios, in the 1930s Lassen set up office with Arne Jacobsen with whom in 1929 he had won a Danish Architects Association competition for designing the "House of the Future". Built full scale at the subsequent exhibition in Copenhagen's Forum, it was a spiral-shaped, flat-roofed house in glass and concrete, incorporating a private garage, a boathouse and a helicopter pad. Other striking features were windows that rolled down like car windows, a conveyor tube for the mail and a kitchen stocked with ready-made meals.[1]


Together with Jacobsen, he went on to design Søllerød Town Hall, completed in 1942 in a classical modernistic style inspired by Gunnar Asplund's extension of the city hall in Gothenburg. In partnership with Erik Møller, he designed the Nyborg Library (1940), for which he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal.[2][3]

In the 1960s, Lassen completed a number of cultural centres and libraries including the Randers Cultural Centre, complete with a museum, a library and meeting rooms, in 1969. The three-storey rectangular building in reinforced concrete is illuminated from a central courtyard while the walls along the streets are free of windows. In the 1970s, together with his son Per Lassen, he designed a number of libraries including the public library in Lund, Sweden, the central library in Herning, the library and community centre in Hvidovre and the municipal library in Hobro. All display strongly Cubist lines with rather raw exteriors but with well formed, welcoming rooms.[3]


In the 1930s and early 1940s, with his unconventional curved designs, Lassen contributed to the development of the Danish modern style. Always intent on simple, clearly defined lines, he also designed lamps and silverware.[3]


  1. ^ Fritz Hansen, "Biography + Resources: Egg Chair designer Arne Jacobsen", Fritz Hansen. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Flemming Lassen", Den Store Danske. (in Danish) Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Poul Erik Skriver, "Flemming Lassen", Kunstindeks Danmark & Welbachs kunstnerleksikon. (in Danish) Retrieved 5 November 2011.