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Our guide to Copenhagen’s architectural and design gems

Our guide to Copenhagen’s architectural and design gems

Old historic buildings stand side by side with new, modern architecture in Copenhagen and Danish as well as international architects have stamped their mark on the capital. Furthermore, Danish design has attained world renown for elegantly simple lines, the use of hardwearing materials and beautifully balanced proportions that are always in style. Below is our guide to a few of Copenhagen’s architectural and design gems.

The first of these gems is impossible to miss when you stay at the Copenhagen Admiral – the Opera. The Opera House is faced with yellow Jura limestone from southern Germany and the foyer features Sicilian Perlatino marble. The ceiling of the main hall is covered by 105.000 sheets of gold leaf, which corresponds to approx. 1,5 kg. of 24 carat gold. The Danish architect, Henning Larsen, designed the building and several Danish artists have contributed to the décor and ornamentation. It is easy to get to the Opera House with a water bus from Nyhavn.

Just a 2 minute walk from the hotel you will find the Royal Playhouse, surrounded by the oak-planked boardwalk that provides a connection from Nyhavn to Langelinie, creating a scenic route that reaches out over the harbour. The building is cubistic in form and designed by Danish architects.

If you need to get in out of the weather, you can take a brisk walk from the Royal Playhouse along Bredgade to Designmuseum Danmark. Here you can stroll through the exhibitions that reflect the best of Danish design and handicraft from the 20th century.

At the museum, you can indulge in the design and architectural works of Poul Henningsen, Kaare Klint and Arne Jacobsen. All three have had a monumental influence, not only on their contemporaries but also on how later generations have reacted to and considered Danish design. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum has a number of special exhibitions that change regularly.

If the visit to Designmuseum Danmark has inspired you to go shopping for fine design, Strøget offers a number of interior design and fashion emporia. Moreover, you should not miss the small streets off Strøget, where shops with Danish Design and handcraft abound. Illums Bolighus, Hay House, Royal Copenhagen and Normann Copenhagen. should definitely be visited.

After a day of fine design and elegant architecture, a visit to Royal Smushi Café is almost obligatory. You can take your seat in chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen, enjoy your meal served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain and use cutlery designed for Georg Jensen. As the name of the café indicates, the food is smushi, which is Danish smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches) served in sushi inspired size and shape. An enjoyable treat with a difference!