Arne Jacobsen’s earliest works are set for a revival in a Copenhagen park.
Two long-lost pavilions will be rebuilt and a bandstand, chairs and lamps – also designed by the Dane in the late 1920s – will be refurbished as part of plans to revitalise Enghaveparken in the city’s Vesterbro area.
‘The buildings must be returned to the way they originally looked,’ Sara Loisa Matikainen, the project manager in charge of the renovation, told Danish news site Politiken. ‘It is our dream to make them available again at some point.’
Elgaard Architecture has been tasked with rebuilding the two glass pavilions – destroyed during the 1970s – using Arne Jacobsen’s original drawings. One will become a café while the other is being eyed up as an arts centre by the local Vesterbro Library and Cultural Institution.
Architects at Elgaard will also restore the concrete bandstand, which has become ridden with graffiti over the years.
Jacobsen designed the structures as a newly-graduated architect, working for the municipal office.
Realdania, an architectural charity, has donated DKK 5 million for the project, expected to be complete by 2018.