For Jeudan A/S, Elgaard Architecture is developing four distinctive buildings in Havnegade in central Copenhagen. The buildings that flank the habour entrance between Arne Jacobsen’s modernist National Bank and the picturesque Nyhavn area are all listed or preservation-worthy and represent an architectural span of almost 70 years from 1865 to 1933.
Old Interiors Are Re-established
The four impressive buildings in Copenhagen’s Havnegade in which the Danish Road Directorate had its offices until recently are being restored to their former glory by Elgaard Architecture for the client Jeudan A/S. Modern additions such as suspended ceilings and non-original internal partitions disappear and reveal beautiful plaster ceilings and room proportions.
From Historicism to Art Deco
Havnegade No. 21 (1867; unknown architect) is a good example of Danish Historicism, No. 23 of Venetian Palazzo style (1865; Architect Ferdinand Meldahl) and No. 25 of Danish National Romantic style (1906; Architect Martin Borch). No. 27 (1933; Architects Arthur Wittmaack and Vilhelm Hvalsøe) is pure Art Deco and may be seen as a precursor to Danish modernism, which made Danish architects famous throughout the world.
No. 23 was designed by Ferdinand Meldahl with the Venetian palazzo Ca’ Vendramin Calergi in mind.