Antonigade 9 København
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Antonigade 9

The rear house in Antonigade 9 in central Copenhagen was in dire need of refurbishment, as the woodwork in the half-timbered building, which was erected in 1766, had decayed and had extensive rot and fungal damage after a failed refurbishment in the last decades before the turn of the millennium. Therefore, we are now rebuilding the house according to old principles and with the traditional craftmanship in focus. In future, the building will again be used for residential and mixed-use purposes.

Facts

Year
2020-2021

Theme
Repair of extensive rot and fungal damage in the side and rear houses as well as reconstruction of half-timbered house

Client
Antonigade 9

Partners
Stokbro Rådgivende Ingeniører ApS

One of Copenhagen’s Oldest Streets
Antonigade is one of Copenhagen’s oldest streets and can be traced back to around AD 1400, when it formed the western end of Grønnegade.

In 1531, Antonigade is described as Lille Pilestræde in connection with the sale of a property in the street, which belonged to the Antonite convent in Præstø on Møn. After this Antonii House the street was called Antonistræde. Antonigade 9 was built by Hans Næss in 1766. Hans Næss (1723-1795) was an architect and teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and was strongly influenced by the style of architect Nicolas-Henri Jardin (1720-99) and from 1770 also by architect C.F. Harsdorff (1735-99).

Antonigade 9 København historisk tegning
The classicist façade of the front house (1766) was designed by Hans Næss along festive, French lines - with garlands and flower wreaths. The richly decorated façade stands in stark contrast to the basic expression of the rear houses.
Antonigade 9 København
All timber in the west and north walls of the house was unfortunately badly damaged and a total replacement was needed. Normally, we aim at preserving as much of the historic constructions as possible, but in this case the wood (some of which was actually only a few decades old) was so damaged that we had no choice but to start all over again. Wrong materials - steel fittings and soft sealant - had led the moisture into the wood and there was major rot damage. One piece of timber at a time was replaced - and the rest of the construction supported by patient "soldiers" in the meantime.
Antonigade 9 København bindingsværk
The reconstructed timberwork in the listed house is treated with the same materials that would have been used at the time of its construction - whitewash and wood tar. The photo shows how the timber constructions of the side house and the front house are intertwined. The beam ends belong to the front housing, while the beam to the left belongs to the side house.
Antonigade 9 København murerarbejde
The new half-timbering consists of solid pine timber and soft-smeared Flensborg bricks, which are layed and grouted with clean lime mortars.
“The reconstructed timberwork in the listed house is treated with the same materials that would have been used at the time of its construction - whitewash and wood tar.”
Antonigade 9 København
The original state of the house
Antonigade 9 København
All timber joints are made in the traditional way - without metal fittings that will quickly transfer moisture into the wood. The inside of the new half-timbered outer walls is insulated with capillary-active mineral insulation boards.
Antonigade 9 København gårdrum
The courtyard must be one of Copenhagen's smallest with its 20 m2. Once upon a time it was the norm - now it is an exception. The diminutive courtyard is mentioned by the Agency for Culture and Palaces as an important reason for expanding the listing of the front house to also include the rear and side houses in 2009. The roof construction on the side house and part of the rear house has been renewed, and a new underroof of boards and cardboard has been established.