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last night i visited the rundetårn again with some friends – this time to visit the observatory at the top of the tower. unfortunately, it was a bit too cloudy to see either the moon or saturn, but the view of the city was nonetheless fantastic (photo disclaimer: not as crisp as i’d like, but still not bad for a 10-second hand-held exposure…)

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københavns bymuseum

March 7, 2008

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went to the copenhagen city museum in the very fun neighborhood of vesterbro today with some friends…the museum was an urban designer/planner’s paradise for information about the city, and it had lots of models, including ‘the model city,’ above (no indoor photos for me today). here’s the excerpt from the københavns bymuseum site about the outdoor model:

“When you visit the Museum of Copenhagen you are welcomed by a model of medieval Copenhagen. The model, which was created in the 1940s, is the oldest outdoor city model in Scandinavia. The model depicts Copenhagen around 1530, that is in Catholic times, and therefore the city is characterized by many churches and monasteries. Recently the model city has been thoroughly restored.”

chr.havn canal

February 27, 2008

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the christianshavn (abbreviated chr.havn on the boats that dock here) canal is one of the only remaining canals in copenhagen…it makes the neighborhood feel kind of amsterdam-y. the harbour tours pass through regularly to see the cute old buildings bordering the canal, as well as the boats (some houseboats, i think) moored along its edge.

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i love this ad. even in the winter, copenhagen bikes!

here’s a link to the ‘official’ cph bike culture blog: http://cycleliciousness.blogspot.com/

the three amigos

January 12, 2008

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here’s a fun stitch of the rådhuspladsen (city hall square) that i took while i was out biking today…this is the same space in which the christmas tree lighting happened last month.  i really like the three brick towers.  i’m not sure of the name of the building on the left, but the center tower is part of the palace hotel, and the one on the right is the rådhus itself.  the fences and construction paraphernalia in the middle ground are residual from testing that was being done recently for the future metro loop line (!), which will run under the square.

grundtvigskirke

December 8, 2007

img_0835.jpga warning for those of my friendly readers who are not huge fans of architecture: what follows is essentially a bunch of photos of a church. but it’s a great church! : ) kari and i saw this in one of her copenhagen travel books and decided we had to check it out. grundtvigskirke (named after theologian, hymn-writer, and many-initialed n. f. s. grundtvig) is located in the north-western copenhagen neighborhood of bispebjerg. i’ve read it referred to as a “village-style” cathedral, which i assume describes the way in which the surrounding cluster of buildings are detailed to make a total design of the roughly block-sized area centered on the church. it’s almost like its own little enclave, and is reinforced both by the topographically prominent position of the church on top of one of copenhagen’s few hills as well as the formal axis of the park that faces it (for an aerial view, check out this map i made: grundtvigs_map.jpg). we had a hard time determining the age of the church on our own (the grandeur of the space suggested turn of the 20th century or earlier, but the yellow brick was screaming ‘1970’s!’). it was actually designed and completed between 1921 and 1940 as part of the danish national-romantic movement. the form and style in general are supposed to be a grander version of a typical danish country church. it’s a really amazing building – the brickwork is superb, and the scale is comparable to that of the many more famous cathedrals that i’ve seen in france and italy. in any case, this was a fantastic building…now for more photos (i had trouble editing, so there are lots)!gk6.jpgexterior details: the top of the main tower/the front entrancegk5.jpgside and front entry doors – beautiful brick detailing!img_0793.jpgthe interior: brick vaulting (this is all brick!)gk2.jpgthe main aisle/column and vaulting detailgk1.jpglighting fixture/side aislegk3.jpglighting and vaulting/nave set with chairsimg_0800.jpgthe organ on the west end of the church (wow!!)gk7.jpgback to the exterior: side elevation/what i like to call “perspective with cart”img_0827.jpgexterior view of rear (east) facade with buttressesimg_0826.jpgbuttresses meet the groundgk4.jpgand back to the front…you can see the way that the buildings to the side stylistically complement the main church…this happens all the way around, creating an entire complex of mini-grundtvigs-church-like buildings.

copey photo update

October 30, 2007

it’s back to work now in copenhagen…but here are some of my favorite (as of yet unblogged) photos from the past few weeks (those of you who have checked out my flickr page have probably already seen these):