Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Copenhagen. This is our first stop in Europe, and admittedly the selection was not completely unbiased. While studying at the Danish Building Research Institute a few years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with Copenhagen’s architecture. The Danish attention to detail is absolutely stunning. Besides the wonderful historic architecture, Copenhagen is filled with contemporary architecture of the highest quality. Remarkably, you rarely find the new clashing with the old. More often than not, the contemporary architecture in Copenhagen actually heightens the experience of the historic buildings and streets. Last week our readers suggested so many great buildings I decided to double the usual number of buildings to 24. This still did not come close to including all the suggestions or even some of my favorites, so we will be looking to expand on this list in the near future. Once again thanks to all our readers for your help. As the list is incomplete please add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen list and corresponding map after the break.

  • 8 House / BIG
  • The Crystal & The Cloud (Nykredit Headquarters Campus) / Schmidt Hammer Lassen
  • Copenhagen Opera House / Henning Larsen
  • Maritime Youth House / PLOT
  • Ordrupgaard Museum Extension / Zaha Hadid
  • Mountain Dwellings / Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) + JDS
  • Frøsilos / MVRDV
  • The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo
  • Royal Theater Playhouse / Lundgaard & Tranberg
  • Tivoli Concert Hall Extension / 3XN
  • Kastrup Sea Bath / White arkitekter AB
  • VM Houses / PLOT = BIG + JDS
  • SEB Headquarters / Lundgaard & Tranberg
  • The Danish Jewish Museum / Daniel Libeskind
  • Danish Radio Concert Hall / Jean Nouvel
  • Texaco Station / Arne Jacobsen
  • Danmarks Nationalbank / Arne Jacobsen
  • Bagsværd Kirke: Jørn Utzon
  • Ørestad Gymnasium / 3XN
  • Grundtvig’s Church / Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint
  • Tietgenkollegiet / Lundgaard & Tranberg
  • The Bikuben Student Residence /
  • The Black Diamond (Royal Danish Library)/ Schmidt Hammer Lassen
  • Klampenborg Housing / Arne Jacobsen

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Copenhagen" 29 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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    In this list you have 2 of the worst project in Copenhagen. The Opera that not only ruins the experience of the axis through the queens castle across the water, but also gives absolutely nothing back to the city in regard to public space (Compare this to the opera in Oslo). And then you have the library that is best characterised as architecture masturbation. It’s a library that hides away what it was suppose to celebrate – it’s books and collections. And for what – for a glorified hallway, with the guards room as a centerpiece (Compare this to Scharoun’s library in Berlin).

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    I live near by Copenhagen and love a lot of these works. But I’ll have to say: If you come visit Copenhagen you should really go to Louisiana (It’s not that far away from the center of Copenhagen)! It’s not only a very, very great museum (often with photo arts or architecture exhibitions) but it is also so succesfully done. One of the calmest and nicest places I know. The way the garden and the buildings wrap around eachother is perfect. Also the view of the sea and Sweden is great!

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