This year’s CP weekend architectural study trip took us to the spectacular city of Copenhagen, where we soaked up an inspiring and eclectic mix of architecture, old and new, and enjoyed some stunning weather!
Since the turn of the millennium, the city and its immediate surroundings have seen a flurry of projects designed by both Danish and top international architects.
The first building on our list was the Danmarks Nationalbank (The Central Bank of Denmark), an architectural gem by Arne Jacobsen, followed by the prominent Royal Danish Opera House and Royal Danish Playhouse (Skuespilhuset), which sit either side of the harbour front in the Frederiksstaden neighbourhood of central Copenhagen. We ended our first day with an outstanding dinner at Vakst restaurant, which features a greenhouse built up through two floors of the restaurant, pulling nature into Väkst, right in the heart of old Copenhagen.
Our second day started with a coach tour around the outskirts of the city, beginning with the striking Grundtvig’s Church and COBE Library and Culture House whose design is comprised of four golden boxes stacked on top of one another, to resemble a stack of books. Our tour continued to Sluseholmen, a new residential district by Arkitema in cooperation with 20 Danish and international architects, followed by a stop in Ørestad City at the prestigious VM Dwellings, lunch at 8TALLET and the VM Mountain, winner of best residential building at the WAF Awards 2008. We then moved on to a tour of Tietgenkollegiet, a residential scheme inspired by the traditional Tulou constructions of southeast China – village communities with individual dwellings and communal facilities combined in a circular building around an inner courtyard. Our final visit was to the Royal Library (Black Diamond), a timeless cultural landmark, with its sharp monolith in black marble at tilting angles on the port of Copenhagen.