Ny Østergade 30: Modern architecture in historic surroundings



Ny Østergade 30 is a townhouse on the corner of Ny Østergade and Store Regnegade – an intersection in the charming Grønnegade quarter. Here, among classic Copenhagen properties, colorful facades, and sidewalk cafes, the building subtly intertwines among the historical neighboring houses.

Some may remember that this particular corner stood empty for decades and was an enclosed gravel parking lot. But in 2021, the city center became one townhouse richer, thus creating a continuous streetscape.

The white sandstone building invites both sunlight and the buzzing city life indoors through the many French balconies and large window sections that occupy most of the facade. And as something very special, next to the townhouse’s front door, one can read the engraved Latin words “area aviae meae” – my grandmother’s place. A sentence that refers to the personal relationship the former owners ceramicist Liselotte Frankild and her husband professor and architect Carsten Juel-Christiansen had with the property.

New project in the midst of historical architecture

The idea was to create a classic townhouse that both draws on the experiences of surrounding buildings and is simultaneously modern and contemporary.

Ny Østergade 30 is placed among some of Copenhagen’s oldest properties, which offer low-ceilinged apartments, orange bricks, and half-timbering. And although the townhouse in many ways represents green and modern architecture, it manages to blend nicely into the medieval quarter.

Multifunctional project adds new value to the quarter

The building houses various functions including shops, a restaurant, offices, and residences. And if you look upward, you can spot treetops from the building’s planted roof garden, which can be used by residents and users, but which also provides a green view for passersby. The purpose is to add lasting value to the quarter and complete the corner of Ny Østergade.

Near Ny Østergade 30

Five minutes from the Grønnegade quarter is Copenhagen’s largest square, Kongens Nytorv. The square has a small garden, and in the middle of it, there is a mounted statue of King Christian the Fifth, who established the square. From here, you can continue down Nyhavn until you reach the end, where Skuespilhuset (The Royal Playhouse) in a splendid way links the city and the harbor together.