Studiestræde 13

2015- | Copenhagen, Denmark

Fact sheet:
Project: Refurbishment and restoration of façade, archway and stairwell
Client: AB Studiestræde 13
Area.: 880 m2
Status: In process
Architect: ELGAARD Architecture
Service: Full service consultancy
Listed: Yes

The property Studiestræde 13 is situated within the Latin quarters of Copenhagen. It was erected in 1798 by master carpenter Niels Zimmer in three stories and full basement. Only to a limited extend has the front building been changed since its erection, and the entire building complex was listed in 1959. The property is tremendously worn down and has not been kept in repair for numerous years.  Elgaard Architecture has carried out surveys and is engaged as full service consultants on the whole project, which involves restoration of staircase, archway and front façade.

The staircase of the front building is unique in houses from this period and leads one’s thoughts to the period’s Italian or Dutch staircases. The balusters’ detailing appears at the same time to carry a reference to Chinese/Asian aesthetics: an inspiration not unfamiliar for 1700-century architecture and furniture design as a result of growing commerce with Asia.

The surface of the stairs has not been kept in repair for several years. In the 1930s, a new flight of stairs leading to the upper floor was constructed marring the staircase’s original form. This flight of stairs will be replaced by a new one corresponding to the existing original stair’s design by which the staircase will be recreated from the archway through to the roof. The construction of the stairs will thereby be safeguarded and all stair surfaces will be renewed.

Old blinded bathroom windows facing the staircase will be cleared away, as they no longer serve a purpose. New lighting will be installed, as well as the original design and furnishing of the room will be restored.

All surfaces will be painted based on the architectural paint research. This way the room will stand refurbished conserving its unique character and history.

The floor slab of the archway is concrete with an asphalt surface from the 1930s. The floor is badly damaged by corrosion and will be replaced entirely.

The archway will be fitted with a new wooden flooring similar to the building’s original feature. The archway will be closed off with a ledged and braced gate facing the courtyard area comparable to the original: a gate where today only the pintles remain. All surfaces will be renewed and painted.

The street façade is a beautiful regular brick façade with Hamburg ribbons and an elegant a la grecque-border as well as sandstone window surrounds on the bel-etage as well as sandstone string course. The masonry appears painted, but presumably was the façade originally brick faced.

The façade has not been maintained for a number of years and is in desperate need of repair. The repair works involves among other things replacement of disintegrated sandstone elements, which will be restored using Nexø sandstone. The masonry will be cleaned taking great consideration of the fire skin of the bricks, and the Hamburg Ribbons will be repaired. New unsightly joints with incorrect profiles will be replaced.

Besides refurbishment of the masonry, a thorough evaluation of all of the street façade’s windows will be carried out. Damaged and decomposed parts will be replaced, window frames painted and fitted with secondary glazing.


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