New, interesting architecture is part of everyday life in Copenhagen.
Local architects, Krestian Ingemann and Sebastian Soelberg, guide you to some of the best and most accessible architecture in the Danish Capital.
“You have to take a boat trip on the canals and in the harbour. That’s what I tell all my friends when they come to visit me in Copenhagen,” enthuses architect Krestian Ingemann.
“A trip on the canals presents some of the most interesting, new buildings in Copenhagen like pearls on a string,” agrees Sebastian Soelberg, also an architect.
The guys love their city. They …graduated from the School of Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2007. Work and studies have taken them abroad for longer periods but they are Copenhageners to the bone.
As most architects they look at international trends, and when asked to define what is special about Danish architecture they focus on some of the features which also characterises Danish design: Simplicity, attention to details, craftmanship and the eternal mantra form follows function.
Plus of course respect for the conditions set by the Danish climate:
“The only raw material we have in abundance is clay making bricks and tiles a trademark for Danish architecture,” says Sebastian Soelberg.
Krestian Ingemann adds. “And we have so little light that we have to optimize the use of it.”
Grab a bike, get out there and experience the architecture,” the guys say with one voice.
They recommend that you make a stop at the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) on Islands Brygge.
“They have a great bookshop if you’re into architecture and design,” says Krestian Ingemann, “and a really nice café with a great view over the water.”
DAC also runs Copenhagen X, an urban and residential project which guides tourists and Copenhageners to some of the most innovative architecture in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen X publishes the annual guide New Architecture in Copenhagen, and on their website they offer free guided tours, pod rides and pod walks.
If you prefer to have your dose of architecture while you satisfy your more basic needs Sebastian Soelberg proposes a meal at Alberto K at Royal Hotel designed by the famous Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen in 1960.
He says: “They still have the original furniture and you have an amazing view over the city.”
Krestian Ingemann proposes that you grab a drink at Hotel Skt. Petri: “It’s a classy building which has undergone a very successful renovation.”
Should you wish to bring home some of the famous Danish design, Sebastian Soelberg recommends Normann Copenhagen or Hay for the more modern stuff and Illums Bolighus for the classics.
The only place which should lure you outside the capital, the guys agree is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Sebastian Soelberg explains: “The buildings and the garden are amazing. It is well worth the effort of a trip to the suburbs.”
Your Guide to Danish Architecture
Copenhagen X is an urban and residential project which guides you to the most innovative architecture in Copenhagen.
They publish New Architecture in Copenhagen 2009/2010 – DKK 85 in most bookshops as well as in Danish Architecture Centre.
Copenhagen X invites you on free guided tours, cycling tours, pod rides and pod walks in some of the architectural hot spots of Copenhagen. Or let you compose your own city walk at Danish Architecture.
Find more information about he tours at Copenhagen X.
Architect Krestian Ingemann
Works for the architect firm Mangor & Nagel. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture in 2007.
Favourite Spot: The Winter Garden in Glyptoteket followed by a visit to the Larsen Building designed by Henning Larsen in 2006.
He says: “It’s super elegant and optimizes the use of the Nordic light.
And adds: “Make a detour to the roof terrace of the Larsen Building, and do taste the cakes at the café in The Winter Garden – they are the best.”
Architect Sebastian Soelberg
Works for the architect firm Dissing & Weitling. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture in 2007.
Favourite Spot: The Royal Danish Playhouse designed by Lundgaard and Tranberg Architects in 2008.
He says: “They optimize the use of the light and of the archetypical Danish material: Clay.”
And adds: “Grab a beer and go out onto the deck. You will realize how accessible the building is and how the Copenhageners have taken it to their hearts.
The article was published in the May edition of Out & About.