Vilhelm Klein

Vilhelm Klein (c. 1900)

Vilhelm Klein (1835–1913) was a Danish architect who adopted the Historicist approach, frequently emulating the so-called Rosenborg style and the Italian Renaissance style.[1]

Early life

Born in Copenhagen, he first trained as a stonemason before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he was awarded the grand silver medal in 1856. From 1851 to 1856, he worked as a draftsman for Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll who he always considered to have been his main instructor.[2]


From 1857 to 1862, he worked as an architectural designer for Ferdinand Meldahl who also influenced his style. He also worked for Johan Daniel Herholdt during the construction of Selchausdal Manor (1857) in Kalundborg, thus receiving insights for the most prominent architects of the day.[2]

Klein was particularly fond of the Rosenborg style based on the Dutch Renaissance trends under Christian IV, crediting Bindesbøll for its prominent place in Danish architecture. From 1866 to 1872, he undertook substantial extensions to Bindesbøll's Lægeforeningens boliger social housing development in Copenhagen's Østerbro. His masterpieces include the Industriforeningen Building on Vesterbro (1872, now demolished) in the Italian Renaissance style, the Kunstindustri Museum in the Rosenborg style on Rådhuspladsen (1893), and the main building at the Ny Carlsberg Brewhouse (1901), also in the Italian Renaissance style.[2]

Culture canon

Vilhelm Klein is listed in the Danish Culture Canon together with Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll in connection with the social housing development in Lægeforeningens boliger—Brumleby.[3]


  1. "Vilhelm Klein", Den Store Danske. (Danish) Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Vilhelm Klein", Dansk Biografisk Leksikon. (Danish) Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. "Brumleby" Archived December 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Kulturkanonen. (Danish) Retrieved 14 January 2013.
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