LANGUAGE

PAVING THE WAY

Host institution

The Danish Academy in Rome

Funding

Queen Ingrid’s Roman Foundation

Year(s)

2022

PAVING THE WAY. RESIDENCY IN THE DANISH ACADEMY IN ROME

Paving the Way The project is a move back to the sources that define the very origin of some architecture envisioned, produced and esteemed today. It is also the last stage of a multifaceted and long-lasting research project investigating the shared values between Nordic and Southern European cultures. This long-term affinity is grounded on the interest that southern architects have in Nordic architecture, extensively focused on its Modern Masters: Alvar Aalto, Erik Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz, Sverre Fehn, Arne Jacobsen, and Jørn Utzon. The quest for inspiration in the North is the reverse side of a two-fold journey, which started when Nordic architects joined the stream of the Grand Tour in the early 20th century and travelled to the South. After exploring, from the North, the paths of inspiration that influenced several significant works in contemporary architecture, the purpose of the stay in Rome is to document, reflect and write, from the South, about the diverse circumstances, experiences and visions that motivated Nordic architects to start paving the way. Grand Tour a principios del siglo XX. Después de explorar, desde el Norte, los caminos de inspiración que influyeron en varias obras significativas de la arquitectura contemporánea, el propósito de la estancia en Roma es documentar, reflexionar y escribir, desde el Sur, sobre las diversas circunstancias, experiencias y visiones que motivaron a los arquitectos nórdicos a comenzar allanando el camino.