Danish Architecture Guide

Copenhagen City Hall

The architect wanted a building that would be monumental and distinguished, yet at the same time informal and popular. The main form of the building is inspired by the city hall in Siena (Italy), though it also holds a significant value of its own as a national romantic construction displaying the very best workmanship that that time could muster.
The city hall is a massive brick building resting on a granite ashlar base. The thickness decreases upwards, though, so that for instance the thickness at the base of the tower is 10 bricks, which at the top has been reduced to 5. The masonry is made of red machine-moulded bricks laid in English bond with flush joints. Scattered around the facades are many elements of patterned brickwork, for instance the framing of the main entrance with bricks laid on the wall surface. The corners of the granite bases have built-in stone benches with board games scratched into the seats. Since its erection such subtleties and fine workmanship have made the city hall loved by citizens and users.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014