[Image Source: Jens Markus Lindhe]

In this special installment of The Modern List, our very own Carey Moran brings us up to speed on the modernism to be explored in one of the epicenters of the design world. Not only is this her second tour as a BUILD intern, she’s also no stranger to Denmark, as a fellow alumna of the DIS program. During this most recent stint abroad, Carey had the unique experience of living and working in Copenhagen the first half of the year with Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, where interns worked on various competitions ranging from housing to cultural buildings.

Danes are known for their incredible ability to weave fresh, modernism into the rich, historic fabric of their cities and towns. Their mastery extending beyond the built object, into their beloved public spaces. Even their failures are interesting, like √ėrestad. Curating the list was a tough task, but these are spaces and spots that made the cut for architecture and design picks.

Children’s Culture House Ama’r,¬†√ėresundsvej 6, 2300 Copenhagen S¬†
by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
[Image Source: Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter]

Kastrup Sea Bath, Amager Strandvej 301, 2770 Kastrup 
by White Arkitekter AB
[Image Source: White Arkitekter AB]

Maritime Youth House, Amager Strandvej 13, 2300 Copenhagen
by Bjarke Ingels Group + JDSA
[Image Source: JDS Architects]

Kvarterhus Jemtelandsgade, Jemtelandsgade 3, 2300 Copenhagen S, +45 82 32 55 32 
by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter
[Image Source: Jens Markus Lindhe]

8Tallet, Richard Mortensens Vej, 2300 Copenhagen S by Bjarke Ingels Group
VM Houses, √ėrestads Boulevard 55, 2300 Copenhagen S by Bjarke Ingels Group + JDSA
The Mountain, √ėrestads Boulevard 55, 2300 Copenhagen S¬†by Bjarke Ingels Group + JDSA
Tietgen Dormitory, Rued Langgårdsvej 10-18, DK-2300 Copenhagen S by Lundgaard & Tranberg
[Image Source: Bjarke Ingels Group, JDSA, LUndgaard & Tranberg Architects]

Denmark has a wide range of museums with several of them combining thoughtful, site-responsive architecture with a memorable interior experience.

Louisiana Museum, Gammel Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, +45 49 19 07 19
[Image Source: Louisiana Museum]

Danish National Maritime Museum, Ny Kronborgvej 1, Elsinore, +45 49 21 06 85
by Bjarke Ingels Group
[Image Source: Luca Santiago Mora, Rasmus Hjortsh√łj]

Sor√ł Kunstmuseum, Storgade 9, 4180 Sor√ł,¬†+45 57 83 22 29¬†
by Lundgaard & Tranberg
[Image Source: Lundgaard & Tranberg]

While the Danes love the inexpensive and ubiquitous p√łlsevogn, the food scene has been significantly ¬†elevated in recent years. A resurgence in Nordic Cuisine has modernized the traditional menu, focusing heavily on local ingredients. The food is fresh and interesting. Where else can you find birch bark ice cream?

H√∂st,¬†N√łrre Farimagsgade 41, 1364, Copenhagen,¬†+45 89 93 84 09
[Image Source: Höst]

Fiskebaren, Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 Copenhagen, +45 32 15 56 56
[Image Source: The Selby]

Copenhagen Street Food, Warehouse¬†7 & 8, Papir√łen, Trangravsvej 14,¬†1436 Copenhagen K
[Image Source: Copenhagen Street Food]

Denmark has consistently been voted Happiest Country in the World, and their drinking habits may be the reason why (that, and their modest expectations). From pilsners at a cafe to the latest crazy concoction from Mikkeller (former high-school science teacher, Mikkel Borg Bjergso), Denmark has some of the best watering holes. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you can drink almost anywhere you want.

Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade 8 B-C, 1655 Copenhagen V, +45 33 31 04 15 (also in N√łrrebro)
[Image Source: Mikkeller]

Bådudlejningen, Overgaden Neden Vandet 29, 1414 Copenhagen K, +45 32 96 53 53
[Image Source: Bådudlejningen]

Bankeråt, Ahlefeldtsgade 27, 1359 Copenhagen N, +45 33 93 69 88
[Image Source: The Traveling Foodie]

Danish design has become synonymous with timeless modernism, so it isn’t a surprise that their retail options are fantastic. Even if you can’t afford the goods, the design eye-candy is enough to whet your architectural appetite.

Hay, √ėstergade 61, 1100 Copenhagen K,¬†+45¬†42 82 08 20
[Image Source: Studio S Joes Joe]

Normann Copenhagen, 70 √ėsterbrogade, 2100 Copenhagen √ė, DK
[Image Source: Norman Copenhagen]

Illums Bolighus A/S, Amagertorv 10, 1160 Copenhagen K, +45 33 14 19 41
[Image Source: Gubi Journal]

That covers our latest and greatest modern picks for Denmark. As always, feel free to share any of your own must-see/must-do spots we missed in the comments below.

Skål from Carey + Team BUILD