Danish Architecture Guide

The Panopticon building

The building with the Panopticon that lent its name to the house, burned down in 1950. Only part of the low, curved bank building originates in the original Panopticon building. The new Panopticon building consists of three sections: the tower block, the transverse wing and the old low bank building - which has been extended with an open, slightly set-back top storey with a flat roof matching the modernist architecture of the new Panopticon building.
The 10-storey tower block is a reinforced concrete construction. The facade columns are independent of and set back from the proper facade, their dimensions decrease upwards. The four upper storeys, which are open escape balconies, are distinctive features on the facade. The external cladding on gables, band courses and other fixed panels is of so-called popular marble - armoured concrete slabs with a facing of white cement. The spandrel panels are clad in enamelled iron plates that are impermeable to polluted air.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 / By Kasper Egeberg

Last updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014