Hoff, Windinge og det kollektive tema i dansk boligbyggeri ca. 19451970

Vibeke Andersson Møller


The development of collective arrangements and services in Danish housing from c. 1945 to 1970 has hitherto been an almost unnoticed theme in Danish research. Nevertheless, the architects engaged in social housing and trained in modernism, often considered these aspects of housing to be crucial. Such an assessment flourished during the formative years of the Welfare State and complied with the prevailing welfare ideology. The architecture from these decades represented an inquiry into an appropriate equipoise between the private home and the collective requirements. In this article, Povl Ernst Hoff and Bennet Windinge have been chosen to epitomize this phenomenon. The two architects built numerous housing areas over a period of more than 25 years, whereby they unavoidably had to deal with new and alternating ideals. This investigation concentrates on four housing schemes: Høje Søborg (19491951), Søndergård Park (19491950), Høje Gladsaxe (19631968) and Værebro Park (19661968); all erected by Hoff and Windinge. The buildings outline how architects, housing associations and the society gradually changed their views on the requirements of collective housing, as well as collective and public services.

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