This May saw Copenhagen as the location for the first ever international trip for RIBA Patrons and American Friends of the British Architectural Library.
Following a warm welcome at the British Ambassador’s newly renovated residency, the group saw and experienced the city’s architectural (and culinary!) highlights. The group had personal tours of contemporary award-winning buildings, with their architects, such as Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Black Diamond extension of the Royal Danish Library; Henning Larsen’s beautiful intervention in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek; BIG’s ski slope atop a waste to energy plant and later a wonderful dinner in the Maritime Museum, Helsingor; and 3xN’s Bella Sky and Aquarium visit – not least the breath-taking roof-top tour. They also experienced the forerunners of great Danish design visiting Arne Jacobsens’s Bellevue and more with his grandson Tobias; as well as Finn Juhl’s house neighbouring the Zaha Hadid extension at Ordrupgaarde and later Soren Varming’s stunning mid-century jewel.
A huge thanks to all our Danish hosts for making the trip so special.
Plans are afoot for the next international trip. Please get in touch if you are interested in hearing more.