Dato 01.08.21 |
Rikke Friis

Photo: Over Byen Arkitekter

In the heart of Copenhagen, the former ‘Drawing School for Women’ has been given a new lease of life. The premises of this listed building now house a women’s crisis centre. The mission is still the same: to create a house and space for women.

Over Byen Arkitekter created space for 20 rooms, communal facilities and an overall safe environment. The facade on H. C. Andersens Boulevard is particularly rich in detail and intricate ornamentation, reflecting its origins. The large studio windows at the back were retained to create lovely bright rooms. The fact that the building has listed status means that the architectural idiosyncrasies and details were retained. The story and historical value of the building live on. Not only was this important. It also means that today’s residents feel an affinity with the women who used to perfect their craft in the building.

The women’s crisis centre contributes to diversity in Copenhagen city centre, and there is life and light in the building when you drive past in the evening.

“When the women hear about the house and the link between women’s struggle past and present, they feel proud of being and living here. They can have fun exploring all the incredible architectural quirks of the building.” Susanne Larsen, General Manager, The Danish Women’s Society Crisis Centre, Copenhagen

Photo of common room