Invitation to competition for a new Art Centre in Aalborg

Elgaard Architecture, in a team with BIG, has been invited to participate in the competition for the new Art Centre at De Danske Spritfabrikker (Danish Distillers’ factories) in Aalborg, Denmark. Elgaard Architecture and BIG have alreadey collaborated on several projects – most recently on the transformation of a listed former naval mine depot into the new NOMA restaurant on the rampart of Christianshavn in Copenhagen.
We look forward to collaborating on another great project.

Topping-out ceremony of Denmark’s largest Viking Hall

The wreath was raised, the house was tall, and the smiles were wide at the topping-out ceremony of the King’s Hall in Sagnlandet Lejre (Land of Legends in Lejre). The King’s Hall is a 1:1 reconstruction of Denmark’s largest Viking Hall from the 8th century, found in Gammel Lejre, close to Sagnlandet.

The project “The World of the Legend Kings” is supported by A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal with 65 million DKR and by Augustinus Foundation with 10 million DKR. The aim of the project is to give the visitors of Sagnlandet a sensuous experience of the pre-Christian life form of the Vikings, their world of thought and their understanding of nature in the same landscape, which formed a framework for their everyday lives 1,200 years ago.

We have been nominated “Børsen Gazelle 2018”

Elgaard Architecture has been nominated “Børsen Gazelle 2018”.  A gazelle business is growing continuously and, at the minimum, doubles its revenue or gross profit over four fiscal years, while showing positive growth all the years.  It proves that the focus on cultural heritage pays off – also economically!

New Chief Executive Officer at Elgaard Architecture

Partner and co-owner, Pernille Mårtensson, is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Elgaard Architecture with effect from 1 October 2018. She replaces Peder Elgaard, who founded the company in 2012. In recent years, Elgaard Architecture has grown considerably, and Peder Elgaard will henceforth be the director of clients and projects. As CEO, Pernille Mårtensson will head daily operations and, i.a., focus on developing employee skills.

Read more here (in Danish)

Rooms in transformations

A new book about the refurbishment of the New Carlsberg Foundation’s domicile in Copenhagen

We are proud to finally be able to tell about our work on the extensive transformation of the New Carlsberg Foundation’s domicile in central Copenhagen. The project has been carried out during the past four years in close collaboration with the designers Salto and Sigsgaard and the Foundation’s management.

Brewer J.C. Jacobsen founded the Carlsberg Brewery in the old brewhouse buildings which date back to the 1790s. Through spatial transformations, the complex has undergone a radical change, creating new spatial sequences and -contexts in three of its buildings. The project has unfolded a differentiated approach to transformation and restoration, focusing on contemporary needs and forms of collaboration, as well as transit, storage, and display of art as the focal point.

The entire building complex and not least premises of the New Carlsberg Foundation provide a historical insight into Danish architecture and design with significant fingerprints of, among others, Kaare Klint, Wilhelm Wohlert, and most recently Peder Elgaard, Kasper Salto & Thomas Sigsgaard. Hence, the complex is full of stories, but it is characteristic of the place that those, who over time have put their mark on it, have understood that renewal must be carried out with empathy and sensitivity to tradition and with respect for the masters on whose shoulders we stand.

Further, the building’s development over the decades, is also a narrative about the New Carlsberg Foundation’s uncompromising ambitions as a builder, always insisting on outstanding crafts and artistic quality.

The author of the book, art historian, and library- and research director at Design Museum Denmark, Lars Dybdahl, has, together with photographer Anders Sune Berg, been following the refurbishment of the New Carlsberg Foundation. Thus, the book tells the story of the process as well as the result and the thoughts behind the transformation.

Photos: Anders Sune Berg

Read more and see more photos of the project at the New Carlsberg Foundation’s website

Giant high-seat pillars elevated at Denmark’s largest Viking Hall

On August 15, we could, together with Sagnlandet Lejre (Land of Legends in Lejre), celebrate the elevation of two very tall, decorated high-seat pillars, and thus mark the first phase of the construction of Denmark’s largest Viking Hall, which is part of the project “Sagnkongernes Verden” (The World of the Legend Kings).

Elgaard Architecture is client consultant on the project which will reconstruct an 8th-century king’s hall, which was found close to Lejre. The large, eight-meter-high columns are the first part of the construction, which is scheduled to be completed next summer.

The whole project is inspired by the finding of a foundation from the largest ancient building known in Denmark. The king’s hall was allegedly 61 meters long, 12.5 meters wide and had a height of 10 meters to the ceiling. The reconstruction will be in full size, which has required international research collaboration and innovative craftsmanship.

For the purpose, 150 old oak trees from forests near Lejre were felled and processed at the local sawmill, Bondeskovgaard. The sawmill has developed a machine, which is able to work the surfaces of the wood in a way equivalent to how it was done during the Viking Ages. Iron axe heads imitating the Vikings’ tools have been mounted onto the machine, which has then done 70% of the work. The last 30% has been axe chopped by hand by skilled craftsmen.

The project “The World of the Legend Kings” is supported by A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal with 65 million DKR and by Augustinus Foundation with 10 million DKR. The aim is to give the visitors of Sagnlandet a sensous experience of the pre-Christian life form of the Vikings, their world of thought and their understanding of nature in the same landscape, which formed a framework for their everyday lives 1,200 years ago.

Sagnlandet Lejre is a historic archaeological research and communication centre and a tourist attraction located in Lejre, south of Copenhagen.

See highlights on TV2 Lorry

Read DR News’ article from the day here


ELGAARD Architecture prequalifies for the new Viborg Museum


In Viborg, the former court building will be renovated and converted into the new Viborg Museum including exhibition areas, museum administration, local history archives, educational facilities as well as a museum shop. The building – built in 1919 by Danish architect Christoffer Varming and a typical example of the classic “Jutlandic Manor Style” –  is situated in the town’s historic Cathedral Quarter and is worthy of preservation. The new Viborg Museum will be a modern city museum telling the stories of the dramatic historical events that have played out in Viborg during the several hundreds of years, when the town was the unofficial capital of Jutland.

We are looking forward to collaborating with CEBRA Architecture and Sloth Møller Engineering on this project.

Elgaard Architecture expands its activities in Abu Dhabi through posting of employee

To meet the many activities of the Qasr Al Hosn project in Abu Dhabi, Elgaard Architecture will be posting architect Wiebke Engels for a period of 6 months. Wiebke will carry out professional supervision of all the listed parts of the project, which among other things will include concrete structures and -surfaces, handrails, ceilings, and tiles.

Read more about the project here

Restoration of Qasr al Hosn in Abu Dhabi

Providing restoration consultancy, Elgaard Architecture is working closely together with CEBRA, who was commissioned to reinstate the Qasr al Hosn Fort as Abu Dhabi’s cultural heart. The fort is located on a 400 x 400 m site and is the city’s oldest building. Qasr al Hosn began life in the 18th century as a coral and sea stone watchtower built by the Bani Yas tribes in Abu Dhabi. Its role was to command coastal trade routes and to protect the settlement that had grown up around the water sources they discovered on the island.

Read more here

“The Light and the Room” Arkitekten magazine has written about Elgaard Architecture’s restoration of Frederiksberg Church

Arkitekten has written about Elgaard Architecture’s “radical but respectful” restoration of Frederiksberg Church in Copenhagen.
Read the article here (in Danish): Lyset_og_Rummet_Arkitekten_02_2018