A few days ago we went on a walk through Bispebjerg- a district of Copenhagen. We found ourselves looking for a building- one which we had heard great things about. We walked down streets for a while- unsure of when we might come across this building- and suddenly as we walked past an entrance to what was seemingly a giant courtyard- or little park we saw this:
This monolithic building and the buildings that surround it were completed in 1940- ten years after the original architect -Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint died in 1930.
When I first saw this building I was complete blown away- it seemed to be gigantic majesty- of unreasonable height and unfathomable depth. Although it is less than a century old- it feels like it saw this world begin- and will see this world end.
We walked around this extravagantly decorated structure fascinated by it’s oddities and complexities. All four sides are individual- something which I did not expect- and each part of the building speaks in its own special way.
Northern view of the building.
It was a weird experience- the only other buildings I can think of which have felt similarly are some of the museums and monuments in Washington D.C.- which are incredibly large and ornate. Grundtvig’s church feels like something out of ancient mythology- and I daresay it will will fascinate me for a long time.