Friis & Moltke

Friis & Moltke is a Danish architectural practice headquartered in Aarhus with branch offices in Copenhagen and Aalborg. Friis & Moltke has about 50 employees and is mainly active in the Scandinavian market.[2] The firm was founded in 1955 by the architects Knud Friis and Elmar Moltke Nielsen who met while working at C. F. Møller Architects in Aarhus. Today the company has 6 partners and 1 associated partner responsible for the department of furniture design.[3]

Friis & Moltke
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Hotel Foroyar
Practice information
PartnersPalle Hurwitz
Niels Erik Thomsen
Martin Wienberg
Mikkel Wienberg
Mogens Husted Kristensen[1]
Significant works and honors
BuildingsHotel Foroyar
Musikkens Hus

Selected projectsEdit

Friis & Moltke has designed many celebrated buildings across Denmark. The projects covers a multitude of functionalities including residential, educational, stadiums, churches, shopping malls, prisons, city halls, concert halls and hotels. A selection of the most notable comprise the following:


Near Aarhus



Other placesEdit

  • Vestjydsk Handelsskole, Skjern, 1965
  • Hotel Lakolk, Rømø, 1966
  • Entreprenørskolen, Ebeltoft, 1968
  • Viborg Gymnasium og HF, Viborg, 1974
  • Hotel Nyborg Strand, Nyborg, 1977
  • Radisson SAS H.C. Andersen Hotel, Odense, 1980
  • Morsø Rådhus, Nykøbing Mors, 1980
  • Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, 1982
  • Øer Maritime Ferieby, Ebeltoft, 1988
  • Statsfængslet Østjylland, Horsens, 2001
  • Holstebro Police Station, Holstebro, 2016

Friis & Moltke has been notable architects of the so-called brutalist architecture, a specific branch of the much broader modernist movement. Brutalism had its heyday in the 1960s and 70s, and noteworthy examples from Friis & Moltke includes Hotel Lakolk, Entreprenørskolen, Scanticon Skåde and Odder City Hall in particular.[5] Outside Denmark, the Siemens Global Leadership Center, and associated guest hotel, from 1974 is a prize-winning example of Friis & Moltke's architecture of the brutalist era.

Outside DenmarkEdit

Friis & Moltke is also active outside Denmark with notable and prize-winning architecture:


60's and 70's
80's and 90's


  1. ^ "Management" (in Danish). Friis & Moltke. Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Friis & Moltke". Det Centrale Virksomhedsregister. Central Business Register. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Profil" (in Danish). Friis & Moltke. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ Johannsen 1985, pp. 193.
  5. ^ Kim Dirckinck-Holmfeld (2 February 2010). "Den milde brutalist: Knud Friis (1926-2010)" (in Danish). Danish Association of Architects. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  6. ^ The original embassy has now been replaced by a new building, also by Friis & Moltke.

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