Veksø Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture
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Veksø Church

Elgaard Architecture was adviser on the interior restoration of Veksø Church. It included whitewashing of the interior of the church, the addition of a new plaque with the names of the vicars of the church, renewal of the floor joints, repairing of the leaded window to the west, a new additional loudspeaker mounted in the north-east corner of the nave as well as retouching of the pews.

Facts

Year
2020-2021

Theme
Interior restoration

Client
Veksø Church

Partners
ABILDGAARD Konservering & Snedkeri, Nordisk Konservering, Einar Kornerup A/S, Sven Hjorth Andersen (organ), C. Møllmann & Co.’s Eftf. A/S, Vagn Nielsen ApS, Snoer Glas, Oticon

Veksø Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture

Rebuilt Medieval Church
Veksø Church was built around AD 1100. Of the original Romanesque church, only the nave’s heavily rebuilt long walls have been preserved – the tower and porch are late medieval. A major rebuilding in 1866 – probably under the direction of architect Ferdinand Meldahl (1827-1908) – led to the dismantling of the choir, triumphal arch and apse, among other things. The nave was extended to the east, and a new longhouse chancel with an apse was built. At the same time, the four large windows with window sills and round arches were inserted.

Veksø Church is known for the Veksø Candelabrum (or the Candelabrum from Veksø), which is a relic originating from before the Reformation. It is believed to have been used in connection with the baptismal rite.

“The existing joints in the floor have been thoroughly vacuumed so the joint material was removed. The joints were then filled with fine-grained sand without salt and iron compounds.”
Veksø Church floor after restoration Elgaard Architecture
The church floor consists of yellow handmade tiles in various formats and with loose sand as joint material. The parish council of the church wanted to establish fixed joints to be able to vacuum the floors in future and thereby achieve a satisfactory level of cleaning. This will reduce the risk of mold formation in future.
Veksø Church new list of vicars Elgaard Architecture
The existing plaque of the names of the vicars of the church had reached its maximum, and thus the need for a new one had arisen. A new plaque was therefore added.
Veksø Church lead windows after restoration Elgaard Architecture
Over time, the church's leaded windows had become leaky, and the stay bars, etc, were rust-infested. The lead also needed a re-examination. The parish council therefore decided to have the leaded windows repaired.
“The parish council of Veksø Church wanted to carry out whitewashing of the church's interior walls and to repair the cracks that had appeared in them over time.”
Veksø Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture

Whitewashing, Repairs and Technical Upgrading
The parish council of Veksø Church wanted to carry out whitewashing of the church’s interior walls and to repair the cracks that had appeared in them over time.

In addition, the church has also been upgraded technically, as only one loudspeaker was established in the church room, which was located in the southeast corner of the tower room. The pews in the nave were not covered by the sound reproduction from this loudspeaker, and it was difficult to hear the vicar’s sermon from the pulpit, especially from the pews to the east. Therefore, a new complementary loudspeaker was installed in the northeast corner of the nave.