One of the most historically fascinating places in Copenhagen is Amalienborg Castle, the palace complex that has served as a royal residence since the 1700s. The complex, which is a chief achievement in Danish architecture, consists of four palaces that appear identical from the outside. But the interiors tell another story. Most recently, Frederik VIII’s Palace was restorated from top to bottom and turned into a modern home for the Danish Crown Prince Couple.
Restoration and renewal
The restoration of Frederik VIII’s Palace took five years to complete. The task involved restoring and renewing the building to bring it up to modern standards. Today, the palace serves as a functional home for the Crown Prince Couple and their children. Environmental aspects were also considered with respect to energy efficiency. For example, all the radiators and the entire heating system were replaced.
Where the existing wooden plank floors could not be reused, new Dinesen planks were installed, which match the elegant palatial interior dating from the late French Empire style of the 1800s. Dinesen has considerable expertise and experience in creating floors for listed buildings, and over the years, we have delivered planks to many palaces, manor houses and churches. In Frederik VIII’s Palace, the solution involved bespoke pinewood planks that match the historical floors both in appearance and quality.
“We needed pinewood floors of a quality and an appearance that would make them appropriate for rooms that were adjacent to 18th-century floors in Pomeranian pine. Dinesen took up the challenge. These new floors will now live their future life alongside the historic floors”.
Poul Schülein, Arkitema
An homage to modern art
One of the most striking and bold new additions to the palace is a set of ten modern murals and ceiling paintings that were created in connection with the restoration. The Crown Prince Couple wanted to celebrate modern art and personally selected the ten Danish artists who created the monumental decorations. With a list of names including Olafur Eliasson, Tal R, John Kørner and Kathrine Ærtebjerg, the end-result is a very diverse range of artworks.
Some artists integrated elements from the Crown Prince Couple’s personal history, while others created more abstract or even controversial works. They all contribute with originality, poetry and vitality to the royal story.
A new chapter
The Crown Prince Couple’s palace adds a new chapter to the story of the residence of the Danish monarchs. Not surprisingly, there was overwhelming interest in the chance to see the renovated palace featuring the best in Danish art. By the end of the viewing period, almost 500,000 people had visited this modern royal palace.
See CNN reporter Richard Quest interview H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik in Frederik VIII’s Palace.