The project included restoration, conversion and modernisation of the neoclassical villa designed in 1917 by the architect Kay Fisker. Realdania By & Byg bought Villa Højgaard in 2014, and Elgaard Architecture has restored and renovated the house from the basement to the attic.
Prior to the restoration, preliminary studies of the house’s surfaces were carried out to determine the original colours and materiality. The studies formed the basis for the approach to the project in terms of the craftmanship and the colour scheme, which is a return to the original expression of the house.
Restaurering og nyindretning
Realdania By & Byg
Swedish Neoclassicism and English Cottage Style
The country house Villa Højgaard was built as a summer residence for bicycle pump manufacturer J.W. Friis in 1917 and became a listed property in 1988. The style of the building reflects the inspiration from the British Arts & Crafts movement and is one of the few single-family houses which the architect Kay Fisker (1893-1965) designed. It is one of his main works in which he really displayed his sense of style and worth as an architect.
Villa Højgaard is inspired by Swedish Neoclassicism, and Kay Fisker mixed one of the neoclassical style’s trends, the English cottage style, with Nordic building tradition and materials. The building points towards the Danish Better Construction movement in the late 1920s, and thus the country house has historical significance as a spearhead for a new architectural style.
The Last Great Father Figure in Danish Architecture
Kay Fisker’s buildings still emanate his great talent and love for his profession and tell the story of Danish architecture from the 1930s to the 1970s. Fisker remains monumental in Danish architecture, for his practice, teaching, network of the world’s leading architects and his charismatic personality made him the last great father figure in Danish architecture.
Kay Fisker primarily designed large, residential buildings such as multistorey buildings or terraced houses as well as public buildings within the health care system. But he also had a talent for designing single-family houses like Villa Højgaard.