It has just been announced that the winner of the Renovation Prize for 2019 is the Hotel Herman in Copenhagen - a major project with a former electricity transformer station in the centre of the city converted into a major hotel and restaurant.
The challenge was to retain the character of the original facade - with it’s distinct and tightly-spaced bronze slats - but bring light into a space that is hard pressed by tall buildings at the back and on both sides. Large entrance gates, concrete floors, walkways and staircases were all retained inside the building.
With 157 renovation projects from all over the country under consideration for the prize this year, six were shortlisted and, along with the Hermann Hotel, these included:
Postgården (the old post office building) in Købmagergade, Copenhagen
St. Kongensgade 53, Copenhagen
Villa i Sydbyen, Silkeborg
GAME Streetmekka Viborg, Viborg