Design & Architecture

Step into a fascinating world of Danish Design and Architecture. For decades, furniture design has played a major role in the Danish self-understanding. For instance, through the first ever TV-transmitted presidential duel from 1960 between Kennedy and Nixon whom back then sat down in Hans J. Wegners’ chair PP 503., or through the designer-hotel Radisson Blu to which Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg and the Swan.

Since then, a lot of Danes have made themselves internationally renowned. Look at Bjarne Ingel’s building “8-tallet”, Finn Juels private resident or take a trip through the country and have a look at the latest within Urban Development and Sustainability.

If you are more interested in the accomplishments of the past, you will have ample opportunities with trips to castles like Rosenborg, Amalienborg and Kronborg. With OnSite Hosts you will have exactly the mix of experiences which fits your interests and temper.

We offer guided tours about:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Development
  • Arne Jacobsen
  • 8-tallet, Bjarke Ingels
  • Museum of Design Denmark
  • Kronborg
  • Amalienborg
  • Arts and crafts
  • Furniture design

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TIP: combine tours and get the full experience.
TIP: We can also help you with transport & accommodation.

Case #1: Noerrebro Design Tour

Duration: 2 hrs.

Pick-up: Ryesgade, Noerrebro
Drop-off: Blaagaards Plads

Nørrebro is known as Copenhagen’s most culturally diverse city area, and appears as an extremely vibrant and exciting part of the city. With an ethnical touch and only a stroll from the Inner City area Nørrebro offers a diverse range of stores, restaurants and bars. We love Nørrebro’s diverse shopping possibilities, and we would like to help you navigate your way to some of the most interesting workshops this city areas has to offer.

We will start off at Ryesgade, where we will find Nørrebro Bryghus. Nørrebro Bryghus is a brewery that has an experimental, yet sophisticated approach to the process of beer brewing. Within the brewing process everything is allowed and every kind of taste is allowed as long as the craftsmanship is respected, and the result is superb.
Next, we will walk to Fælledvej, where we will find a furniture shop called LLLP. In the small shop you will find the designs of furniture designer Mr. Nicholas Rose. LLLP designs furniture from proud traditions of craftsmanship, combining simplisticity, quality, and functionality.

Finally we will walk to Blågards Plads where you will find the socio-economic project Place de Bleu. Place de Bleu creates beautiful and intriguing designs in categories like home-accessories and fashion. We will visit Place de Bleu’s workshop, which also function as a boutique, and you will be briefly introduced to what Place de Bleu is all about.

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Case #2: Ørestad City

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Start: Subway Station Bella Center

Finish: At Fields

Ørestad City is intended as the city center of Ørestad, with notable facilities for shopping, residence, education, workplaces, modern infrastructure etc. The trip tells the story about the planning of this important traffic-junction in the Øresunds-region, as well as the planning of the subway and the imperative infrastructure.

The street names in Ørestad City are named after well-known architects, which shows keen awareness of the architectural expression – and it isn’t far between buildings by world renowned architects in Ørestad City: The trip is off to a strong start, beginning with the eye-catching building Bella Sky, by 3XN, and from there goes on to the award-winning residential building, the Mountain and the World Championship houses by BIG.

We stop at Ørestad City’s first street art creation, by the street art artist Hyuro, and at Ørestad Bypark to have a look at the apartment complexes that circle the park. In the city park, you will also get to know the concept of positive signs. The signs encourage people to use the park and provide information, i.e. “You are welcome to walk your dog, but remember to keep it on a leash!”

After the city park, the journey will take us to the most applied to high-school in Copenhagen, Ørestad Gymnasium, and the connection to Ørestad’s first primary school, whose architecture stems from the idea of a mountainous landscape.

 Another landscape takes its shape in the canals of Ørestad, where three islands (islets) have been built, serving two purposes; passage and quite simply a place to relax. The foremost purpose of the islands, is to establish contact across Ørestad, so that the channels connect instead of divide. The islands were given an award by the city in 2013.

In the striking 20-story black tower, situated in the formal center in Ørestad, by Kay Fiskers Plads, you’ll fiond the international pharmaceutical company Ferring, which has become a landmark in Ørestad City. The building has been designed by Henning Larsen Architects, and was the first completed construction in Ørestad City.

The trip ends at the shopping mall Fields, with a perfect view of Royal Arena.

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Case #3: Sustainable Downtown, Copenhagen.

Duration: 2 hours

Start: Dansk Arkitektur Center (Danish Architecture Center)

Finish: Torvehallerne

Copenhagen aims to become the first CO2-neutral capital of the world. The city is already quite green compared to other capitals: we ride our bikes, have well-functioning and efficient district heating, good housing conditions, green areas in the city, and we are even working to improve all of this!

The trip “Sustainable Downtown” starts at the DAC, from where we head to Krøyers Plads to have a closer look at the new sustainable apartments, that received an award in 2015, for the World’s Best Housing Complex.

From here, we’ll cross Inderhavnsbroen. The bridge that went through so much, before it could finally connect Nyhavn with the (Royal) Greenland Dock. We’ll cross the 180 meter wide Inderhavn, and have a closer look at Skuespilshuset and Kvæsthusmolen, where the story focuses on the importance of the harbor, as a recreational part of the city, sustainable construction and our clean harbor water.

The trip then goes to Skt. Annæ Plads, to find out more about the climate proofing of Copenhagen’s historic quarter, which was started after the violent cloudburst of 2011.

We then go to Gothersgade, to see an example of how Copenhagen is trying to facilitate biking, for instance by planning super bike lanes, and letting cyclists – entirely legally – move against the one-way traffic.

At Nørreport Station, the focus is the station’s new open urban space, which is part of the indentity of Copenhagen’s traffic junction. After this, we proceed by Israels Plads, to Torvehallerne, where there’s ample opportunity to taste Danish delicacies and produce.

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