Arne Jacobsen, 1902-71, was one of the architects who helped to introduce functionalism into Denmark in the 1930s.
One of his earliest major works was his plan for Bellevue in Klampenborg (1931-36), a charming combination of theatre, sea swimming pool and houses in which the simple, cubist, whitewashed appearance heralded new architectural ideals. The versatile and productive Jacobsen gained great importance through his work in almost all areas of architecture and generated a renewal both in housing, in public buildings such as town halls and schools, in factory design and applied art.
Among many other things, Jacobsen was the architect behind two of the most discussed architectural projects of the time, Århus City Hall (1939-42) and the new building for the National Bank in Copenhagen (1965-78).
In later years, Jacobsen was able to establish his position as one of the most important of European architects with a number of famous buildings in other countries including England and Germany, for example St Catherine's College in Oxford (1966), the Danish Embassy in London (1969-77) and the City Hall in Mainz (1970-73).
Elisabeth Buchwald, Gyldendal Leksikon