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Copenhagen architecture

See the best of old and new architecture side-by-side in perfect harmony in the City of Spires.

Copenhagen Opera House

A city at the cutting edge

For a small city, Copenhagen punches way above its weight in terms of world-class architecture. This is thanks to the wealth of home-grown talent and a national desire to make buildings that are both beautiful and sustainable. The city also has a venerable history in architecture and is home to some of the world’s most recognisable names in the business. In 2013, British design magazine Monocle named Copenhagen "Most liveable city".

Elephant House by Norman Foster

Big international names

As well as home-grown talents, internationally renowned architects have added their unique stamp to many of Copenhagen’s landmarks. Sir Norman Foster recently designed the Elephant House at Copenhagen Zoo. Iranian architect Zaha Hadid was responsible for the new design of Ordrupgaard Art Museum. Wander Copenhagen’s streets to spot more great buildings by world-class architects.

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Copenhagen Architecture Tour

Join a tour of Copenhagen's unique architecture with local experts from the Danish Architecture Center.

Local Guide to Architecture

Copenhagen architectureCopenhagen resident Karen Vikke has selected her Top 5 Highlights from Copenhagen's diverse architecture. See her recommendations here!

M/S Maritime Museum, Helsingor

Bjarke Ingels' Iconic Buildings in Denmark

Bjarke Ingels is probably the best-known Danish architect in the world and his work is amazing to see. Check it out here.