The Copenhagen Cityscape, seen from above are a classic medieval cityscape, with only a few iconic buildings rising to the sky, due to a strict city planning of the old parts of the city.

I often look op when I walk the street of Copenhagen.  I try to take in every bit of detail. But I rarely give my self the time to look at Copenhagen from above. Copenhagen has several view spots were it is possible to see Copenhagen from above. Rundetårn, the tower at Christiansburg Palace, and several church towers are open to the public.

Mostly I just pass by Rundetårn.  Always on my way to somewhere I leave the viewpoints for the tourist.  But a couple of weeks ago. A close friend of mine and I took the pleasure of climbing “Rundetårn” – the Rund Tower in central Copenhagen. And when I say climbing, it can’t be compared to climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Like everything else in Denmark, it is quite small.

Reflecting on the Copenhagen Cityscape

I have been here before; it wasn’t my first visit. But when blogging about the Copenhagen cityscapes, it strikes me that I have never actually reflected on what is significant about the Copenhagen Cityscape. When the sky is clear, it is possible at the top of the Rundetårn to see not only Copenhagen but also as far as the suburbs of Copenhagen. For instance, in the far distance behind the City Hall and Tivoli, it is possible to see Avedøreværket in Hvidovre, glazing to the right you can get a view of the new cityscape of Sydhavnen and neighbour to the old HC Ørstedsværket.

Following the panorama to the right, you get a view of the new neighbourhood of Carlsberg with “Borhs Tower” (By the locals named “Saruman’s Tower”). In the distance, of Carlsberg, it is possible to see the building”Milestedet” situated on the border between Brøndbyøster and Rødovre, and the building blocks in Høje Gladsaxe.  If following the panorama all the way around to the north, you can get a view of Parken situated on Østerbro and the new cityscape of Nordhavn. Out on the sea, you can get a view of the bridge – Øresundsbroen and one of the many Wind Parks in Denmark. These named places are what you maybe internationally would consider miniature skyscrapers.


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H.C. Ørstedsværket

The Copenhagen Cityscape A Classic European Cityscape

So what stroke me when standing taking in the view from above, was the lack of skyscrapers. Of course, as a Copenhagener, this wasn’t new. But for the first time. I saw what impact strict city planning in Copenhagen has on the entire cityscape.

Instead of having a downtown predominated of skyscrapers rising to the sky, as seen in Sydney or New York. Copenhagen has what I consider a classic European medieval cityscape. The European cityscape is characterised by the low building stock of three to five-storey buildings. Only sporadically situated Church Towers and a couple of hotels and office buildings rises above the cityscape.

Instead of having modernist concrete as Iconic dominant features of the town you, therefore, have the old churches. When seeing Copenhagen from above, it gets significant what impact contemporary architecture have on Copenhagens Cityscape. It becomes clear why new multiple storage projects in the pipeline for city developments always rises massive protest.

It became apparent for me standing on top of Rundetårn, that when it comes to city planning in Copenhagen, you have to consider two things: where not to develop, and how high is appropriate to build in the situated context?



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