a change of view

from the window by my desk - my new view

I've just moved to a different apartment.

Working from home, spending my time reading and writing, what I want, above everything, is a bright and well-lit room but it also helps to have a good view.

The first apartment I rented in Copenhagen was in one of the grand apartment buildings in Frederiksstaden from circa 1900 but was up at the top in a new conversion of the roof so it was the best of both worlds … a grand staircase up, from what had been the carriageway through to the courtyard, but with modern, up-to the-minute insulation, and there was a panoramic view one way across Kastellet and across the sound to Sweden - in the distance and on the skyline - and, looking the other way from my desk, the dome of the Marble Church filled the view.

The second apartment was in a purpose-built block from the beginning of this century, so a relatively standard modern Copenhagen apartment. It had floor to ceiling windows, and from my desk I looked at the tower and spire of Christians Kirke and looked down across the churchyard so a light and quiet place to work.

Here, in the new place, I'm now in an old Copenhagen apartment - the building dates from about 1680 - and I'm in one of the most densely-occupied parts of the old city so it could hardly be more different. At the back, rooms look into a narrow courtyard with the old timber-framed walls of adjoining houses, but at the front, from my desk, I look down on the old harbour so again a good place for day dreaming … sorry … of course I mean a good place to work.

With everything not yet unpacked, there are no plans to move again any time soon but if the next move could be to an apartment block from the 1930s or 1940s then I'll have most bases covered for a book on how to live in a Copenhagen apartment.