From radiator to elegant balustrade

The New Carlsberg Museum is an integrated part of Copenhagen’s cultural history, as well as a magnificent tourist attraction that each year attracts more than 350.000 visitors.

 The Museum’s history is unusual, but it exudes a love for art. What is now an internationally known museum, actually started as the private art collection of the brewer and founder of Carlsberg, Carl Jacobsen. Jacobsen was a great art-lover and he had his fantastic collection in his private home, which he opened to the public in order to share the beauty. After several expansions at home, however, he had to admit that the collection simply wasn’t done justice by the space it was in, so in 1888 he donated it to the State of Denmark and the city of Copenhagen on the condition that they find the right buildings to house the exhibits. In 1897 the New Carlsberg Museum opened in the very heart of Copenhagen.

 - [It’s] a museum for the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean as well as the Danish and French art from the 19th century. It was the aim of the founder, brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, to enrich his fellow citizens with art of international stature. (The New Carlsberg Museum)

 In 2011 a very important part of the exhibit – the beautiful Winter Garden – was faced with a challenge regarding heating. It was house architect, Dan Ljungar from Bonde Ljungar Architects that was heading the project in collaboration with engineers from Moe & Brødsgaard A/S. Because the museum buildings are protected it was necessary to come up with a solution that respected the rich history of the buildings while also complemented the aesthetics of the Garden without drawing attention from the extraordinary exhibit.  The solution became a subtle artwork in itself: a 16 meter long Hudevad SC radiator with a brass handrail on top that doubles as a railing at the Garden’s level difference.

 - When you have to add new elements, such as radiators, to old buildings it’s important not to overpower it by adding the wrong thing. (Architect Dan Ljungar)

 Apart from the iconic black and brass detailed Hudevad SC radiator, there were also mounted large exclusive Hudevad Plan XV on the walls of other exhibit halls, and Hudevad P5 radiators were mounted directly underneath the impressive overhead windows in order to limit cold draughts.