When you see the circular staircase and wavy ceiling in the former Copenhagen airport terminal, it seems impossible to pick up and move such a structure. And yet, that’s exactly what was done to preserve this stunning building.
In 1936, a competition was held for the design of the terminal building at Copenhagen Airport. Architect Vilhelm Lauritzen and professor Chr. Nøkkentved submitted the winning proposal, which was praised for its elegance and unique approach to Nordic modernism. Construction was completed in 1939, but as air traffic increased, the terminal was expanded without any regard to the style, scale or proportions of the original structure. In 1960, a new, larger terminal was opened and Lauritzen’s masterpiece was abandoned, hidden behind years of thoughtless additions.
Settled in its new landscape with few other buildings around it, the terminal is once again seen as Laurtizen intended. Today it is used for airport administrative offices, state visits, VIP receptions and the arrival or departure of Her Majesty. Tours can be arranged by contacting the Copenhagen Airport Events and Visitors’ Department at +45 3231 2811.