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Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll in 1849

Michael Gottlieb Birckner Bindesbøll (September 5, 1800 in Ledøje - July 14, 1856 in Frederiksberg ) was a Danish architect.

Michael Gottlieb Birckner Bindesbøll (September 5, 1800 in Ledøje - July 14, 1856 in Frederiksberg ) was a Danish architect. By the time he began making sketches for Thorvaldsen's Museum, he had been trained as a windmill builder with the intention of becoming an engineer. Simultaneously, he was taking night classes at the Academy of Fine Arts to learn to draw. He attended lectures by H.C. Ørsted, the natural scientist, who invited Bindesbøll along on a journey in 1822 during which the men viewed C.F. Shinkel's classicism in Germany and France, visited Goethe in Weimar, and met German-born architect and archaeologist Frans Gau (who introduced Bindesbøll to his studies of colorful architecture of antiquity).

In time, Bindesbøll came to dominate the stylistic shift in Danish architecture from late classicism to historicism. For Bindesbøll, changing styles was the prelude to amusement and he juggled freely with older models.

Bindesbøll worked as a resident architect for royal building inspector J. H. Koch until 1833, when Bindesbøll won the Academy's Great Gold Medal and left to travel abroad from Berlin to Dresden, Munich, Rome, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. During his stay in Rome Bindesbøll collected a store of antique decorations. He was interested in simple, powerful geometric patterns such as floor mosaics.

In 1833, there was talk in Copenhagen of establishing a museum for the Danish/Icelandic sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen, if he would agree to bequeath his collections to his homeland. Jonas Collin, an active art and culture official under Frederik VI, awakened the King's interest in a museum for Thorvaldsen and asked Bindesbøll (Collin's nephew) to make some sketches for the building whose location had not yet been decided. Bindensbøll's designs ultimately stood out from other architects' competing for the commission to transform the Royal Carriage Depot and Theatre Scenery Painting Building into a museum dedicated to Thorvaldsen.

Bindesbøll liberated the building from its surroundings, just as Thorvaldsen had liberated sculpture from architecture. He emulated the construction of the Erechtheion and the Pantheon as freestanding buildings designed to be seen from a diagonal point of view, released from traditional urban plan of closed street courses. This new, free preception of space served as a guiding principle for the cities and buildings of the future (Lange, Bente, and Jens Lindhe. Thorvaldsen's Museum: Architecture, Colours, Light. Copenhagen: Danish Architectural Press, 2002)

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