It looks like I'm not meant to be in Paris for more than few days... Shortly after my return from summer Bodrum, I found myself in autumnal Copenhagen.
The capital of Denmark is famous for many things. The mermaid, colorful, charming buildings and impressive amount of cyclists. However, the city charmed me in a very different way...
A 5 days stay in Copenhagen was totally dedicated to discovery of the gems of modern architecture and following in the footsteps of famous Danish designers.
Starting with the residential area located in Ørestad City that is literally overflowing with surprising and original architectural ideas. The place is located in a developing area of Copenhagen, on the island of Amager and it's highly recommended to go there by bike. It is simply the easiest and coolest way to get there. Once in Ørestad you will be overwhelmed by the architectural diversity. Spiky balconies, roof gardens, bright colors - everything is possible!
Closer to the city center, you shouldn't get mistaken by the seemingly uninteresting look of the Gemini Residence. Grey and a bit gloomy from the outside, this building, made out of old silos, has one of the most impressive interiors I've ever seen. Raw whiteness and pure lines of the elegant rotundas will not leave anyone indifferent to their rough beauty.
Futuristic staircases, unbelievable facades and unique architectural solutions - it's definitely worth searching through Copenhagen and going beyond the tourist clichés. Don't be limited to the harbor and narrow streets, unless you want to miss out something totally exceptional.
If you have more time and looking for even more architectural delights, do not hesitate to go a little bit further. Over 200 km from Copenhagen, in Kolding, you'll find Trapholt museum. After visiting its diverse art collections it's really worth having a closer look at the house entirely conceived by the giant of Danish design - Arne Jacobsen. You will be surprised by the interesting history of this one-of-a-kind house.
On the way back, it's definitely a good idea to pass through Vejle and see another landmark residential complex - Bølgen - The Wave.
A 5 days stay was hardly enough to see all the architectural marvels. At the same time it was an excellent opportunity for me to immerse in a photography that I hadn't done for a very long time.
Many thanks go to the lovely Team of VisitCopenhagen who made this discovery possible. You guys rock!