Architour: Copenhagen

11:00 PM

Walt Disney got it wrong. Disneyland isn’t the Happiest Place on earth. It’s Denmark, apparently.
Ranked to be #1 in the UN World Happiness Report, Denmark keeps its citizens pretty pleased with a low perceived business and government corruption, freedom to live as one please, and a strong social support system.

But I think there’s another factor that makes Danes happy but failed to be included in the report and that’s the Danish aesthetic.

Danish Design could be two of the most magical words in the design world. 
It means beauty, quality, and good taste. Utter Danish Design to any mid-century modern enthusiast or any urbanism geek and you might just have a two-hour conversation – at the least – ahead of you.

This summer, I walked the streets of the Danish capital with a friend and her lovely daughter. She and her husband – a Filipino expat, have been living in the city for five years. They’ve been there long enough for her to earn a postgraduate degree and conceive and give birth to their beautiful baby daughter.

Exploring the city was a feast for the senses – gorgeous architecture, statuesque blondes on bikes, and scrumptious food. But as an urbanism geek, the city itself was the star for me. Brilliantly laid out, everything – even a modest café kiosk - was simply beautiful.

But I think, more than anything, the one thing that greatly contributed to making this a beautiful city is the Danes' law of Jante. It basically emphasizes on the collective where no one is supposed to standout. The law made the people always think of the bigger picture, I guess. And it could be seen in the way they built  everything, especially their city.

Copenhagen just proves that a well-designed and a beautiful city breeds happiness and contentment. 

The Yellow Houses of  Nyboder
The Queen's Winter Palace in Amalienborg Slotsplads.
Seems like she's in residence since the flag is up!

At the picturesque Nyhavn. See that blue house with a pointed roof on the left?
That's No. 9 Nyhvn. It's the oldest house in the area. 

Danish flag flying free in Nyhavn.

The Royal Danish Theatre on the left and Magasin du Nord on the right.

Balcony of the Royal Danish Theatre

The lobby of the Royal Danish Theatre

This modern chandelier the more older interiors.

The flagship store of Danish department store chain, Magasin du Nord.
The company is a subsidiary of British retailer Debenhams. 
On the right is Christiansborg Slot or Christiansborg Palace.

Kaffetrnet; a cafe kiosk

Christiana features how the Danes do hippie township.
Unfortunately, no pics allowed inside the compound.

Tivoli Garden Gate!

The Pantomime Theatre or the Peacock Theatre at Tivoli 

Tivoli's Moorish Palace, the Nimb Hotel and Restaurant

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel was designed by one of Denmark's noted sons iconic architect Arne Jacobsen. 

Copenhagen Opera House behind me

The award-winning 8 House by Dane Bjarke Ingels. 
In 2011, it was awarded the World Architecture Festival´s Housing Award. 

the courtyard

Stævnen Apartments by Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter

 How awesome is this Car-Park Robert Jacobsen building?!

Kab Plejeboliger by  JJW Arkitekter; it's a nursing home.
Fantastic windows and balconies!

Orestadshuset by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter

Bella Sky Hotel designed by 3XN 

DR Byen by Wilhelm Lauritzen AS, DISSING+WEITLING architecture, Ateliers Jean
is a 
Multimedia centre and concert hall. 

                            Tietgenkollegiet, that circular building, is a dormitory (student accommodation.)

Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, the building as a circular courtyard right in the center.
Right next to Noma is this award-winning apartment building Krøyers Plads. 

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