Hans Næss (architect)

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Hans Pedersen Næss (October 1723 – 3 January 1795) was a Danish architect from the island of Funen. He was one of a generation of Neoclassical architects educated under Nicolas-Henri Jardin and C.F. Harsdorff; he mainly designed manor houses.


His exact date of birth remains unknown, but Hans Næss was born the son of a farmer at Næs near Assens and baptized on 24 October 1723. He worked as a notary at the Brahesborg estate and then for three years as a local functionary at Assens Town Hall before travelling to Copenhagen where he attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. There he studied under Nicolas-Henri Jardin and won the large silver medal in 1758, the small gold medal in 1760 and 1762, and then, finally, the large gold medal in 1763.[1]

After completing his education, he taught geometry and perspective at the academy from 1765 to 1782 and worked for Harsdorff. From 1781 to 1782 he served as architect at the royal chapels in Copenhagen and North Zealand and then as head of the new Building Office until 1793.[1]


  • Lihme House, 18 Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen (1768 by attribution, listed)
  • Antonigade 9, Copenhagen (1766 and co-owned by Næs until 1770; listed)
  • Hallings Gård, 14 Lille Strandstræde, Copenhagen (c. 1775 by attribution, alterations, listed)
  • Krengerup Manor, Funen (c. 1772–1776, listed)
  • Kragsberg, Funen (c. 1776, listed)
  • Hindsgavl Castle, Funen (1784, listed)



  1. ^ a b "Hans Næs" (in Danish). Weilbachs kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 2011-07-03.