Design for the National Bank / Arne Jacobsen

Only a few architects, if any, have succeeded in creating such an all-encompassing and thoroughly controlled body of work as the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Jacobsen represents a unique blend of design and architecture; he did not see any differences between the two fields, but continually created total environments in which architecture and furnishing are two aspects of the same integral whole.

In 1961 Jacobsen won the competition to build the Danish National Bank’s new headquarters, and the building constructed in the years 1965-1978 is considered one of his most important large-scale architectural works. The architecture is well described in Carsten Thau & Kjeld Vindum’s great monograph Arne Jacobsen, published in 1998, in this post we are highlighting some of leovegas com the pieces that Jacobsen designed for the building; the armchair The Seagull, designed in 1970 and the Banker’s clock, designed 1971.


The Seagull is – like The Ant and The Tongue – the result of Jacobsen’s idea of a continuous, double-curved seat/back element that was entirely free of joints and had a slight resilience that made it feel both secure and comfortable. It represents Jacobsen’s innovative approach to modern technology; his shell chairs were pioneering in both technique and form. With the plywood technique Jacobsen was able to give his furniture some of the lightness and elegance that he sought in his architecture. At the same the technique provided him with the possibility to give his furniture a sculptural and leo vegas withdrawal organic contour that both emphasized and toned down the many straight lines, right angels and flat surfaces of his buildings. In this case the curvy forms of The Seagull thus entered a contrapuntal play with the rectilinear and stringent architectonic space of the National Bank. The present model in teak with a chrome-plated steel frame was used in the staff lunchroom, whereas a model with leather upholstery was made for the adjoining lounge and meeting rooms. The design is based on Jacobsen’s The Seven-chair, designed in 1955, but The Seagull has a larger and more curved shell than its predecessor. The powerful leo vegas casino undercutting of the back made it possible to further bend the curve of the back profile and give a better lumbar support.


The Banker’s clock is another piece designed for The National Bank. The present example is a rare, large model with convex crystal and a concave body. The traditional numbers are replaced by strips, each comprising 12 squares, one of which is filled out. The position of the filled square shifts strip by strip in leo casino keeping with the hour, thus emphasizing time’s relationship to movement and space.

In the lobby and the banking hall Jacobsen installed The Swan, originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel, together with matching tables and sofas from the series 3300. All offices and corridors were furnished with AJ lamps, doors fitted with AJ handles and bathrooms equipped with Jacobsen’s Vola fittings. Like the SAS building The National Bank is a refined example of Jacobsen’s perfectionism carried out as a total environment; a Late-Modern monumental masterpiece. The lobby is open to the public on weekdays from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and is definitely worth a visit. As Carsten Thau & Kjeld Vindum assert: “It measures up to the best-contained monumental rooms and the finest international interior design since the Second World War.”