There is a certain look and feel that characterises modern Danish buildings and it comes directly from Danish society. It relates closely to the country’s democratic ideals: buildings are designed for people first and aim to make their everyday lives safer, healthier, and more enjoyable. They feature natural light, and sustainable energy systems and put the enjoyment of the environment as a high priority.
That enjoyment is clear in the urban planning and architecture of Copenhagen as shaped by Danish architect and consultant Jan Gehl, who focused on improving the quality of urban life by reorientating streets to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in the 1970s. It’s easy to experience as a visitor – just stroll down Strøget, our long pedestrianised street, or rent a bike and cycle around the city.
Unique to Denmark, the school of architecture is at the Royal Academy of Art, bringing more aesthetic attention to the study and development of the subject. It’s another of the many reasons why our buildings look and feel so unique - modern and older ones alike - and why Copenhagen is voted World Capital of Architecture in 2023.