Havnegade 21-27, Copenhagen

Refurbishment and restoration of listed and preservation-worthy buildings

Year: 2018 – 2019

Service: conservation management plan, construction brief, planning application submission, concept design, preliminary design, detail design.

Size: 8062 m2

Address: Havnegade 21-27, 1058 Copenhagen K

Client: Jeudan A/S

Status: On site

ELGAARD Architecture is developing four distinctive buildings for Jeudan A/S on Havnegade in central Copenhagen. The buildings flanking the approach to the harbour between Arne Jacobsen’s modernistic National Bank and the picturesque New Harbour (Nyhavn) are all listed or buildings worthy of preservation, and they represent an architectonic breadth of nearly 70 years. Number 21, 23 and 25 show how the multiple façade design of historicism left its mark on the development of Copenhagen towards the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century: number 21 (1867) as an example of Danish industrialism, number 23 as Venetian place style (1865) and number 25 as Danish Romantic nationalism (1906). Number 27 is built in 1931, purely Art Deco and can be perceived as a front-runner for Danish Modernism which made Danish architects world famous.

The buildings have for decades been designed for the use of public administration and countless interior rebuilds have blurred the individual character and original qualities of the buildings. On the background of thorough archival studies, registration, and surveying of all rooms, the original exclusivity of the interiors is recreated, and once again matching the imposing exterior and central location of the buildings.

The strategy for the refurbishment of each building emphasises the total functionality of the complex as well as the identity and history development of the single building is sharpened. As an example, in contexts where it makes sense in relation to functional requirements to preserve later additions, this will be possible if they do not corrupt the experience of quality. Furthermore, this also means that daylight calculations in all rooms guarantee that they continually meet the standards for working environment etc. We are dealing with a pragmatic view where each intervention is analysed according to functionality and conservation value. Henceforward, buildings will be divided into as many as 23 flexible units, faithful to the original building structures, but also capable of being combined in different ways according to need.

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