VILHELM WOHLERT DESERVES GREATER APPRECIATION
I read with sadness of the death of the Danish architect Vilhelm Wohlert ( ajplus 15.05.07) - I had not seen it recorded elsewhere.
I suggest that the AJ considers publishing a fuller appreciation of this fine architect whose work from the 1950s onwards was of a consistent and exemplary architectural standard.
In the late 1970s, I wrote my diploma thesis at the Cambridge School of Architecture on the work of Wohlert and Jørgen Bo, looking at the wide range of high-quality public buildings and beautiful private houses that they designed together and separately. Wohlert's projects ranged from an elegant optician's shop in central Copenhagen, to the restoration of Neo-Classical Danish monuments, to work on schools and university buildings.
I visited Wohlert at his office and home at that time and have happy memories of his hospitality, and his kindness in showing me some of his meticulously detailed and carefully considered work. He was a delightful, unassuming, modest man.
Many British architects have been inspired by Wohlert and Bo's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at Humlebæk - a series of linked pavilions extended sensitively out into the landscape in subtly-developed phases. There is, however, much more to admire and appreciate about the work of Vilhelm Wohlert.
David Billingsley, Aberystwyth