Copenhagen Town Square, Danish Capital Building, Photos, Architecture, Clock
Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark
Rådhuspladsen København, Danmark – Major Public Space in centre of the Danish Capital City
page updated 4 Sep 2016
Town Hall Square Copenhagen
Rådhuspladsen contains the Danish capital’s Town Hall building along its southern edge and the ‘telephone building’ in the northern section by the bus stops, containing tourist information
HT Bus Terminal, Rådhuspladsen
Date built: 1996
Design: Knud Holcker, architect
‘Telephone Building’ Bus Interchange / Tourist Info on north side of Rådhuspladsen:
photos © Adrian Welch
Copenhagen’s controversial ‘Black Telephone’ building is due to be removed 2007/08 to facilitate construction of a new Metro station
Rådhuspladsen context : Tivoli Gardens Hotel proposal
Tivoli Entry building from Rådhuspladsen – east
photo © Adrian Welch
Københavns Rådhus is the headquarters of the municipal council as well as the Lord mayor of the Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark. The building is situated on The City Hall Square in central Copenhagen.
The current building was inaugurated in 1905. It was designed by the architect Martin Nyrop in the National Romantic style but with inspiration from the Siena City Hall. It is dominated by its richly ornamented front, the gilded statue of Absalon just above the balcony and the tall, slim clock tower. The latter is at 105.6 metres one of the tallest buildings in the generally low city of Copenhagen.
In addition to the tower clock, the City Hall also houses Jens Olsen’s World Clock.
Before the city hall moved to its present location, it was situated at Gammeltorv/Nytorv. The first city hall was in use from about 1479 until it burned down in the great Copenhagen fire of 1728.
The second city hall was built in 1728 and was designed by J.C. Ernst and J.C. Krieger. It burned down in the Copenhagen fire of 1795.
In 1815 a new city hall designed by C.F.Hansen was built on Nytorv. It was intended to house both the city hall and a court. It is still in use as the city court of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Architecture Designs – chronological list
Rådhuspladsen context : The Strøget
Copenhagen Architecture : main page
Vartov Square, Copenhagen : Hackett Hall McKnight Architects
image from architects
Copenhagen Building News – Selection
Royal Playhouse : Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter
photo : Jens Lindhe
Copenhagen Harbour Gateway : Steven Holl Architects
image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Copenhagen Town Square Photos © Adrian Welch
Buildings / photos for the Copenhagen Town Square page welcome
Rådhuspladsen København – page