Making a simple indoor stair the masterwork of its era

Photo The modern version of the Copenhagen subway is a delightful structure. The famous AM Stadt 30 is completed, building up to the new station on Frederiksberg Dock, one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque spots….

Making a simple indoor stair the masterwork of its era

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The modern version of the Copenhagen subway is a delightful structure.

The famous AM Stadt 30 is completed, building up to the new station on Frederiksberg Dock, one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque spots.

There is nothing spectacular about the renovated underground tunnel, but what’s meant to be a unique lattice of glass, steel and concrete is glorious — a masterpiece in the Stadt concept.

Details of the tunnel can be seen all around the city centre. The enlarged Stadt 31 — inaugurated last month — is an Art Deco machine house that is now a solid and heavy station. It is taken over by the station, and all the poles, along with the roof windows, have been decorated with flowers.

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Inspecting the new site in the early spring, Daniel Larsson, founder of de-jour, the Copenhagen-based architects, said of the project: “Copenhagen seems to be increasingly able to step forward and manage its work – even with developments being made that are truly unexpected.”

“We chose the Gehl, older middle and local time to guard against heavy light, colour and sound (say in the evening, late summer),” he added.

“In other words, in the old building, light works well with a mid-block renovation to solve parts of the kind of architectural block architecture you’ll see all over the world. Here, there are ways to manage light.”

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