The Copenhagen Opera House is currently closed to visitors, but it stands as an impressive feat of architecture just across from Nyhavn. It looks great across the water, but it’s even more impressive up close. Again I am amazed by how many buildings there are to “sight see” around Copenhagen without so much as stepping indoors. I hope you enjoy these sunset shots at Operaen.
I feel so lucky to be able to work at such a beautiful modern campus. My office is in the city centre, rather than Amager which is where the south campus of my university is located, but I like to roam around the different campuses because each one has their charm.
I’ve visited a great many universities throughout my studies and working life, and can honestly say have never walked around a modern campus that I genuinely find aesthetically pleasing to look at – until I came to Copenhagen that is! Usually it’s the older buildings that I enjoy being at, whereas new campus developments in cities always seemed to me like glassy, gargantuan structures that don’t quite fit with the rest of the architecture.
But as I’ve mentioned plenty of times before on this blog, modern architecture is really something special in Copenhagen – it’s something you can seek out as something to admire around the city. The South Campus of the University of Copenhagen is no exception, and it is probably one of my favourite places to go work – it’s fun to walk around, it’s clean, it’s elegant, and a stone’s throw from Islands Brygge, one of the city’s most beautiful Harbourside walking areas.
The little bike caves built-in (I call them “bicycle hobbit holes”) are the showstoppers for this pedestrianised campus, though the circular student accommodation building design comes a close second – have a look below and let me know what you think! 🙂
One of the things I like most about Copenhagen is how walkable some of the modern, residential harbour areas are. I’ve never been in a city where it feels like you have a lot to “see” even when all you’re doing is walking past a bunch of apartments by the water.
As you will see from the pictures, there is an explanation for this – the buildings happen to be very interesting and fun to look at from an architectural standpoint. It’s also fun just to walk around, point to a bunch of apartments that look worthy of moving into, and do a bit of imaginary ‘apartment-shopping’ in your head 🙂 Enjoy!
I feel privileged to work in two of the best buildings/complexes of the university campus – my office space which is in the heart of the center, near the botanical gardens, and Panum, which is where I have my gym and teaching related duties.
And let me tell you…the award-winning Maersk tower in Panum by C.F. Møller architects in the Panum complex has, I think, the best views of the city. You heard it here first! 😉 I’ll share with you some exclusive shots from the viewpoint at the top of the tower below…
I know, these views practically motivate me to come into university all the time 🙂 Please do check back on my page for my next post, which will showcase some sunset photos from this building!
Okay, here’s a little break from my roadtrip re-caps – I’m back with a Sunday Museum post! Although, I may be cheating a little bit here because DAC is not a typical museum and I didn’t actually pay for the entry to go inside. But if the freely accessible parts of the place are anything to go by, I think it would be a good place to visit with family/kids because there’s a lot of tactile stuff, like a big slide, outdoor play area, and fun colours around the place.
It is an architecture center after all, so I hope you enjoy my ‘architectural’ shots of this place 🙂
It’s also located very centrally around some of the nicest areas to walk around in the city, in my opinion.
Have a great Sunday, and see you next week for another re-cap of my Eurotrip 🙂
If walking around for a good few hours admiring European art sounds like your idea of a good time, SMK may just be the place for you. It’s not necessarily my favourite museum, or the most impressive collection I’ve seen – but the way this place was designed to be experienced has something of a Danish vibe to it. Maybe something like hygge. So as a leisurely indoor activity this place does not disappoint.
I personally like to check out the major museums in cities I visit, so of course SMK (The National Gallery of Denmark) was on my list. I think the museum shop and cafe are themselves worthy of a visit – I like how good Denmark is at making their cultural spaces attractive and places that are pleasant to really hang out in! The glassy modern extension in the museum building that houses the sculpture gallery is lovely too – you’ll see below where the newer architectural style meets the old. As usual, I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Nordhavn is an area with an up-and-coming vibe and is situated on the harbour next to Østerbro, a.k.a the ‘fancy’ and family-friendly part of town.
You’ll see below that Nordhavn has some seriously cool building and recreational space design/architecture, and lots of new residential development in the works. There is plenty of space for outdoor swimming and cute cafes around the apartment blocks. I just enjoyed walking around the area and taking in the sights.