Episode 03- Bikes, Beers and Bricks
Greetings from Sunny Copenhagen! We have finally shed the Sydney winter, to land in sunny Copenhagen where the temperature is… wait for it… the SAME as Sydney!
Only here, people are enjoying it because they know that winter is coming…
Having finished up at our respective offices only 3 days before our departure date in Sydney…
(Which, by the way wasn’t enough time!)
…We decided we needed a week to relax and soak up the Danish vibes before jumping into full time unemployment. Unfortunately for us, we happened to arrive in the middle of the Danish fashion week, meaning that accommodation options in Copenhagen were slim and expensive. We decided to spend 3 nights in the capital before taking advantage of a family summerhouse on Jutland (spelt Jylland in Danish) for the free accommodation and a chance to chill.
Alina, what are your first impressions of Copenhagen?
Not everyone is tall and blonde (although plenty are)! The city is beautiful, and lives at a pedestrian scale. Public transport consists of metro, trains and busses which all run well, although if you are staying within the central Copenhagen area it is easy to walk everywhere- or better yet, blend in with the locals and rent a bike!
The city is a plethora of brick buildings (rendered and exposed) and aged copper. The green copper roofs and cladding brighten the urban environment and offset the darker masonry tones beautifully. The colour of the copper also perfectly matches the colour of the two most common beers- Carlsberg and Tuborg (intentional? Maybe…), which are sold in every supermarket, Seven Eleven, and which are openly and frequently drunk on the streets.
Design culture is everywhere- the furniture shops are amazing, every home seems to be furnished with Hans Wegner chairs and Arne Jacobsen lamps. Beautiful architecture is around every corner- both modern and historic. Every time we walk through the city we find a new shop or building that amazes us, so every outing is an adventure.
Danes are also easy going and relaxed. EVERYBODY speaks near-perfect English (even the homeless) and they are happy to help. Shopkeepers are even happy to tell you where their nearest competitor is located if they think you may get a better deal there!
Our week in Jutland was relaxing and peaceful- staying in an old School gymnasium built in the late 1700s surrounded by farms and pine forests (check out the drone photos below). The town we were in was located just outside the city of Herning in central Jutland, and we were able to take a number of day trips in the rental car we had. Herning itself has some interesting buildings including the Heart museum of contemporary art by Steven Holl, situated directly next to a beautiful little residence by Jørn Utzon. We also went down to see the Tirpitz museum (WWII German bunker museum) designed by BIG, and up to Aarhus to see some buildings at the harbour (by various architects). We discovered the offices of Aart Architects in one of these buildings so dropped in to say hello. Check out our next post for a little about Aart Architects in Aarhus!