the summer pavilion of the King's Garden in Copenhagen


The King’s Garden is a public park in Copenhagen that was originally, in the 17th century, the formal gardens of the King’s house of Rosenborg. Its avenues, formal borders and open spaces are incredibly popular in the summer - not just for tourists but for local families to walk, sunbathe on the grass, play boule or watch puppet theatres or listen to music.


A new temporary summer pavilion has just been completed in the garden and will remain here until the end of August. It was designed by the Danish architects Mikkel Kjærgård Christiansen and Jesper Kort Andersen and was the winning entry in a competition organised by the Danish Architect’s Association.

The pavilion encloses a large circular space than can be used for concerts and demonstrations and has inner and outer walk way that rise and fall, marking points where it is easy to step up onto the walk but also, at the higher levels, forming a seat or bench. Vertical timbers for the walls are closely spaced but there are wider gaps at intervals for getting through from the outer to the inner walks and this gives a sense of it being a spiral .... children clearly enjoy running round and round on what is, in effect, a board walk. The structure has a mono-pitched roof that falls outwards over the outer walk and the irregular spacing of the verticals creates dappled shadow and gives narrow angled views into the centre and out, through the structure, to the gardens beyond.