Danish Architecture Guide

The Navy’s school for girls

The house was built as the Royal Danish Navy was expanding its joint activities on Holmen and Nyboder. The building functioned as a school for girls for almost ten years. Hereafter, the building became home for the Navy’s training school – a function it kept all the way up until after World War 2.

The building is an unusually sterling example of that era’s awareness of quality and function in institutional buildings. The facade stands up prominently. The wide walls, the regular divisions of the facade and the projecting centrepiece, which is, furthermore, accentuated by a triangular pediment, are all strictly symmetrical. On the original drawings, the gate was placed exactly in the centre opposite the main entrance, and thus it underlined the symmetry even further.

The school, the gate keeper’s house and the surrounding wall have all been made of yellow bricks which gives the building a strong sense of whole. The rear end of the school, the façade to the west, faced a courtyard with a row of woodsheds and a laundry house. The façade was dominated by two staircase turrets and a tall, slender ventilation tower. The house was listed in 1992.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014