Interiør -52 Trondheim (NO)

Finn Juhl


  • Paul Kuitenbrouwer TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


Danish architect Finn Juhl (1912-1989), the ‘father of Danish design’, was commissioned in 1950 by Norwegian art historian T. Krohn-Hansen (at the time, director of the Nordenfjeldeske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim) to furnish one of the museum’s rooms as an office, to be part of the museum’s permanent collection. This workspace was meant to enter into a dialogue with the museum’s existing Henry van de Velde interior. By means of the character of the space, the materials and the decorative objects, the new room was meant to typify the lifestyle of the years 1940- 1950, the period of Scandinavian design.

Finn Juhl was initially given a dreary, elongated and narrow space of 3.3 x 6.8 m, with two window openings on the long side. But to achieve his goal, he needed more space and light. He convinced the museum’s directors to invest in an architectural intervention: over a length of 4 m, Juhl added a 1.1-m-deep bay window that offered floor-to-ceiling views of the city and the Trondheim Fjord, while also providing enough space to accommodate an office arrangement. Immediately next to the entrance to this space, he installed a narrow strip of glass (also from floor to ceiling) with a deep jamb.

Author Biography

Paul Kuitenbrouwer, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Paul Kuitenbrouwer graduated in 1988 as an architect from the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. Since then he worked for, among others, Wiel Arets and Jo Coenen, for whom he was deputy supervisor of the Sphinx-Céramique site in Maastricht. In 2001 he followed Coenen, who was appointed Dutch Government Architect, to The Hague. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor associated with the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling of Delft University of Technology; he has conducted research into high-density low-rise housing (Intense Laagbouw) and student housing (bouwjong!), teaches both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree design studios and analysis seminars with an emphasis on typology, density and the urban context, and is an editor of DASH. In addition, he has taught at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2009-2012) and since 2016 teaches at the Maastricht Academy of Architecture. Since 2017, he is also a member of the Board of Examiners for Architects at The Dutch Architect’s Register Agency in The Hague.






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