Howitzvej 32, 2000 Frederiksberg
- Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
- Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
- Level access to outdoor areas
- Accessible restroom
- Locked doors can be opened from the outside in case of emergency
- Chairs or benches to rest on
- Possible to eat / drink
- Disabled parking
- Member of Solsikkesnoren
- Member of God adgang
Frederiksberg’s original courthouse, a registered landmark from 1921, and its modern addition from 2012 have been purposefully given a rather inaccessible look, but now the doors are opening to let the curious in. Take a look inside Frederiksberg Courthouse during Open House.
Ten years ago, Frederiksberg’s Courthouse, a listed building from 1921, was joined by a contemporary neighbor with brand new courtrooms, offices and facilities for all users of the courthouse. It is located in central Frederiksberg, adjacent to Solbjerg Plads square. In recent years, this area has undergone comprehensive development and modernization, with a metro station, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg High School and a variety of new squares and plazas.
The facade of the courthouse fits in beautifully with the surrounding buildings and with the City of Frederiksberg in general. However a paler tone has been selected for the clay bricks to give the building a more contemporary look.
Feel the Gravity
The challenge was to create an expansion that architecturally embraced the gravity of what takes place behind the walls, while still making people feel welcome. At the same time, all the windows in the halls are placed above eye-level to ensure the privacy of the people inside.
All users of the courthouse, with the exception of the defendants, access the building via a long, transecting atrium. Extending the entire length of the five-story building from south to north, the atrium lets in plenty of daylight to every floor in the building, including the courtrooms located on the two lower floors.
Take a Look Behind the Walls
An invitation to court is not something people generally look forward to, but it’s another matter when you’re invited to take a look behind the courthouse walls during Open House. When you arrive in the reception area, it is neither as victim nor defendant – but rather as a curious architecture lover. And your curiosity will undoubtedly be satisfied after experiencing the new courthouse with its many facilities, along with the original listed courthouse from 1921.