Domkirkepladsen 1

Domkirkepladsen 1
Former National Bank branch building in Aarhus
Former National Bank branch building in Aarhus
General information
Architectural styleHistoricism
LocationAarhus, Denmark
Construction started1924
Completed1926
Technical details
Floor count2
Floor area1,038 m2 (11,170 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Axel Berg

Domkirkepladsen 1 is a listed building and the former Bank of Denmark branch building in Aarhus, Denmark. The bank was built in 1926 and was listed in the Danish national registry of protected buildings and places by the Danish Heritage Agency on 22 February 1996. The bank is situated on the Store Torv square in the central Indre by neighbourhood next to the cathedral where it has functioned as a bank since its completion until today. The building is no longer in use by the Bank of Denmark but still functions as a bank, occupied by a branch of Nykredit.[1][2]

History

The Bank of Denmark branch in Aarhus was established in 1837 and it was the first bank in the city. 90 years later the branch needed expansion and the architect Axel Berg was commissioned to draw up plans for a new building. The building was constructed between 1924 and 1926 and has remained almost unchanged since then apart from a minor expansion. Archaeologists from Moesgård Museum have excavated the basement and area around the building where evidence of Viking Age structures and church buildings from the Middle Ages. The Bank of Denmark left the building in 1989 and one year later the building was taken over by a private bank after an extensive renovation by C. F. Møller Architects.[1][3]

Architecture

The building design is broadly speaking historicist, combining English Baroque with influences of Italian renaissance architecture. The building is clad in porphyry with sandstone from Nexø used for the base, cornice, attica and architraves. The low hip roof is covered in verdigris green copper plating. The interior decoration is preserved with marble floors, mahogany doors and brass railings. In the expedition room the stucco ceiling remains in original condition except for the implementation of modern halogen lamps in the 300 rosettes as a replacement for the original lights.[1]

The design is by Axel Berg and it is the last of his works. Berg drew inspiration from Inigo Jones' interpretation of works by Andrea Palladio.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b c "Domkirkepladsen 1" (in Danish). Danish Heritage Agency. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Domkirkepladsen 1" (in Danish). TripAdvisor. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Domkirkepladsen 1" (in Danish). Aarhus Municipality through VisitAarhus. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

External links

  • "Fredede Bygninger Marts 2018" [Listed Buildings March 2018] (PDF) (in Danish). Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

Coordinates: 56°09′27″N 10°12′38″E / 56.1574°N 10.2105°E / 56.1574; 10.2105

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