Lars Backer

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Lars Backer
Lars Backer - 1911.jpg
Lars Backer in 1911
Born (1892-01-05)January 5, 1892
Died June 7, 1930(1930-06-07) (aged 38)

Lars Thalian Backer (5 January 1892 – 7 June 1930) was a Norwegian architect. Backer was a pioneer of modernism in Norwegian architecture during the 1920s.[1]

Backer was born in Oslo, Norway. His parents were Herman Major Backer (1856–1932) and Elisabeth Christiane Boeck (1868–1958). His father was also a noted architect whose work included St. John's Church in Bergen and Villa Fridheim in Krødsherad. [2]

Backer was educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts under the supervision of Herman Major Schirmer and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, from which he graduated in 1915. He served as an apprentice with several notable contemporary architects in Norway, including Harald Hals, Arnstein Arneberg, Ole Sverre, and Magnus Poulsson. After completing an internship at the Architectural Association School in London, he started his own practice in Oslo.[3]

Backer was responsible for several notable Scandinavian works including the Skansen and Ekeberg restaurants in Oslo, and the first high-rise office building in the city. His Skansen restaurant, completed in 1927, was the first modernist building in Norway, earning Backer lasting fame as a pioneer of Scandinavian Functionalism. Backer died at the age of 38 from a streptococcal infection, but several members of his firm carried on his work and made names of their own, including Frithjof Stoud Platou[4][5]



  1. ^ "Lars Backer". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ Geir Tandberg Steigan. "Herman Major Backer (1856-1932)". Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Geir Tandberg Steigan. "Lars Thalian Backer (1892-1930)". Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ Wenche Findal. "Lars Backer". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Elisabeth Seip. "Frithjof Platou". Norsk kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved August 15, 2016.