Tuesday, October 27, 2015

copenhagen, denmark - part four:

Our last day, and my last post from our time in Copenhagen, had us travelling north outside of the city to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art  and famed Danish designer Arne Jacobsen's Skovshoved Petrol Station, built in 1936.
It was great to get out of the city and explore some a new areas. Our visit to the Louisiana ended up being the highlight of our stay in Denmark, and is probably now one of my favourite galleries. Set on the coast, amongst leafy birch trees, the space is open and comprised of various pavilions, all containing unique and interesting collections. There is also an impressive and beautiful sculpture garden, which had me dreaming of a garden of my own (one day!).

Our stop off at the petrol station was fun and had us walking through another suburban area. It's not often that you would seek out a particular petrol station but this one was worth it, as you can see from the photos below. I'd gladly fill up here anytime!

That's it from our visit to Copenhagen. Absolutely loved it and cannot wait to return one day soon.

next: Budapest!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

copenhagen, denmark - part three:

A few more snaps from around Copenhagen, with these ones taken on a bit of grey and drizzly day.

One more post from Copenhagen to come, and then we're off to Budapest.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

copenhagen, denmark - part two:

Out in the suburbs of Copenhagen are two amazing churches - Bagsvaerd Church and Grundtvig's Church. 

We caught the train out, stopping at Grundtvig's church first. Built in the 1920s and set amongst residential homes, the church has a striking exterior, resembling a church organ. But the real beauty is the inside, with simple yet stunning brickwork creating one of the most striking spaces I have been in. The scale, light and mix of textures made for an incredible space to be in.
We then travelled further out to see Bagsvaered Church, designed by one of Denmark's most famous architects, Jorn Utzon - also famed for designing the Sydney Opera House. In comparison to Grundtvig's church, Bagsvaerd is quite modern, having being built in 1976, however still very minimal. 
The most striking feature was the undulating ceiling, which allowed a beautiful stream of natural light in to illuminate the space. After spending time here, it had me wondering what it would be like to be part of the congregation meeting every week and using the space, and what a beautiful experience that could be. 

Travelling through Europe, there are many cathedrals that can, at times, feel a bit same-y after visiting a few. It was so refreshing to visit these spaces that were unique and really represented the Danish design aesthetic, even though they were built 50 years apart.

outside Grundtvig's Church

inside Grundtvig's Church

inside Bagsvaerd Church

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