Danish Architecture Guide

Toldkammeret (The Custom House)

Aarhus Custom House originated in 1898 and was designed by architect Hack Kampmann, a prominent architect, who also designed Aarhus Theater and Marselisborg Palace. At the time, the Custom House served as duty offices for all trade at the harbour. The diligent tax authorities used the place until the mid-1990's.

In 1998 the Custom House was let to the architecture school, which found new accommodation in 2002. In 2004 the old building was bought by engineer Jørn Tækker.

For several years the Custom House was let to Studenterhus Aarhus - Aarhus students' house - and a line of trade organisations, and today the historical building accommodates, among other things, a restaurant named Jensen's Bøfhus. The restaurant moved in in 2011.

The Custom House is quite the mastodon, but a truly beautiful one. In some peoples' opinion: One ofthemost beautiful buildings in Aarhus. When Tækker Group acquired the building, it was restored in finest fashion as specificated by Kulturarvsstyrelsen - the board of cultural heritage. The original details have been preserved and a great respect for 'the Kampmann-ian spirit' has been shown.

As the local harbour areas gradually are developed and settled further, the Custom House will soon be accompanied by Dokk1, which according to plan will be opening in 2014.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014