Plads 2

Photo: Claus Bjørn Larsen


Jarmers Plads 2, 1551 Copenhagen V


Saturday 10-17


  • Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
  • Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
  • Level access to outdoor areas
  • Lift
  • 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
  • Teleloop
  • Member of Solsikkesnoren
  • Member of God adgang

The tall and slender building at Jarmers Plads 2 is more than just a building. It is one of the first modern office buildings in Denmark – and a beautiful one at that, made with fine materials such as marble, bronze and brass. Take a look inside the head office of philanthropic association Realdania.

The building at Jarmers Plads 2 is lined on one side by the bustling H.C. Andersens Boulevard and on the other by the idyllic Ørstedsparken. It was here in 1239 that the Wendish prince, Jaromar II, broke through Copenhagen’s fortifications and plundered the city, and this is where the name “Jarmers Plads” (Jarmer’s Square) comes from.

The office building that stands in the same spot today was designed by architect Christian Holst and his sons Erik and Aage Holst, who went by the nickname “The Father, the Son and the Lucky Hand”!

Colorful Awnings

Jarmers Plads 2 was built from 1956 to 1959 by and for financial institution Østifternes Kreditforening, whose previous building on Jarmers Plads had to be demolished when H.C. Andersen’s Boulevard was extended. It is built in concrete, but clad with marble slabs similar to those used by Arne Jacobsen for Danmarks Nationalbank. In the summertime, the building is transformed as the colorful awnings are folded out.

Natural Materials and Architect-Designed Signs

The interiors feature natural materials such as stone and precious woods, as well bronze and brass, which add an exclusive touch. This style is echoed in the building’s custom-designed windows and stairs. Every detail has been carefully considered – even the nice toilet signs were designed for the building!

Take a look inside and experience selected parts of this historic building. Learn more about some of the building’s many stories – including its architecture, interiors, the surrounding city, and Realdania’s efforts to foster quality of life through the built environment.