Lene Tranberg

Lene Tranberg

My Place of Inspiration

Award winning Danish architect Lene Tranberg takes us to a special place in central Copenhagen, Denmark, a space full of history and atmosphere, where you can experience the continuity which life is really about, she says.

In this video architect Lene Tranberg (b.1956) returns to a ”a place full of spirit” which she remembers from her childhood – the area around the church St Petri in central Copenhagen.

St Petri is a place she often thinks about, keeping in mind the magical feeling from her childhood, but which she has not visited for many years. To Lene Tranberg the space gives ”an intense feeling of a gap – of something people have forgotten existed.” It is a spot which you can learn from, full of layers of history. When you are there you are framed by buildings full of character, craft, knowledge and stories.

”This is humanity in a way” Tranberg says. It is not designed like most things today, and thus also works as a reminder that sometimes we should just let things happen: ”I love things that are open – inviting things to happen.”

St. Petri Kirke is the parish church of the German-speaking community in Copenhagen, Denmark. Built as a single-nave church in the mid-15th century, it is the oldest building in central Copenhagen. The main entrance is located in the southern transept and is marked by a richly carved Baroque portal from 1731, carved by the sculptor Diderik Gercken. The spire from 1756 to 1757 is built in the Rococo style. Together with the St. Petri School and St. Petri Center of Culture, both of which are located on the church's premises, it forms a center for German culture in Copenhagen.

Lene Tranberg is the head architect and co-founder of Lundgaard & Tranberg. The firm gained prominence after the turn of the millennium with a number of high-profile buildings in Copenhagen, including most notably the Tietgenkollegiet student residences and the Royal Danish Playhouse. In parallel with her career as a practicing architect, Tranberg began teaching at the Royal Academy of Architecture in 1986 and was employed there as a lector from 1989 to 1998. She has also held numerous positions in the world of Danish architecture, including CEO of the Danish Architecture Centre from 1998 to 2002.

Lene Tranberg was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner

Camera: Mathias Nyholm
Edited by: Kamilla Bruus
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2013

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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