Niels Hemmingsens Gade
A transformation from bank building to attractive retail and office facilities
The neoclassicist property in Niels Hemmingsens Gade has undergone a respectful renovation and been infused with new life and supplied with new features that strengthen the entire development of the area in central Copenhagen
- 5.524 m2
The original neoclassicist bank building was built for the Greater Copenhagen savings bank Sparekassen for København og Omegn in 1868. The property has been extended and converted several times, but functioned as a bank right up to 2003, when Hotel- og Restaurantskolen took over the property. In 2010, Hotel- og Restaurantskolen moved out of the city, and the property in Niels Hemmingsens Gade has been vacant ever since.
The property contains several exciting and special rooms, including the former bank hall with beautiful vaulted ceilings, golden columns and neat details in glass, wood and wrought iron. These details, and other characteristic features of the property, are part of the respectful handling of the premises, and the preservation-worthy building is being renovated and converted with deep respect for the architecture of the house. In the transformation process, several of the building’s details and spaces have been reconstructed in its original form.
Optimised daylight opens up the building
A key element in the transformation has been to open up the historic property towards the street with large shop windows, and, on the other floors, daylight is optimised with larger windows facing the courtyard and street to ensure attractive and up-to-date retail and office premises.
New skylights and roof windows will be established, and a new elevator and main staircase will ensure level-free access from the outside. The outdoor spaces will be transformed, including with multi-level roof gardens. In the courtyard, a single façade will be greened as a vertical garden, and the courtyard will be designed to accommodate a number of activities.
On the ground floor and in the basement, shops will be established that ensure life in and out of the building, and, in future, the other floors will house up-to-date, flexible offices.