King Haakon’s Church
In 2018, Elgaard Architecture was lead consultant throughout all phases of the rebuilding and renewal of the interiors of the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Copenhagen, King Haakon’s Church. The church was erected in 1958 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in the year of the restoration.
King Haakon’s Church, the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in Copenhagen
A.P. Møller Foundation
Ved Mønten 9, 2300 København
A Link between Denmark and Norway
The purpose of King Haakon’s Church as both a church, a cultural centre and a link between Norway and Denmark is absolutely central. In the church, a small ceramic sketch for the memorial “Two Sisters” (Norway thanks Denmark) is on display – the monument itself is located at Eidsvoll Plads at Østerport in Copenhagen. Many Danish companies supported the construction of the church in 1958, and among others “Mrs. shipowner A.P. Møller” was a member of the collection committee in Denmark and also participated in the opening ceremony itself.
Church and Cultural Centre in One House
The further you move into King Haakon’s Church, the more features are exposed: café, lounge, shop, banquet hall and church in the same house. The man behind the design, Carl Corwin, was a member of the architectural association PAGON, which was formed in 1949 to promote modernist architecture.