Inside the scenic parkland estate of the national Ordrupgaard art museum, the time-honoured and exotic palm house has been given a new lease of life following its extensive and sustainable restoration.

The picturesque, but dilapidated greenhouse for growing palms and other tropical and sub-tropical plants – named Palmehuset – was built in 1921 and is an essential element of the Ordrupgaard art museum's history and identity.

This unique building stands as testimony to the distinctive style and ethos that prevailed in the years before and after World War I, when art collector Wilhelm Hansen and his wife Henny Hansen established their grand residence in Charlottenlund, north of Copenhagen. Their residence was remarkable in its day for its rustic and informal style, allied with a fascination with all things extraordinary and exotic.

Ordrupgaard was granted DKK 3.2 million by VILLUM FONDEN for the restoration of the palm house, ‘Palmehuset’, which is scheduled for completion in 2020 when the art museum reopens.

Respectful restoration

”Our ambition was a renovation project that would fulfil aesthetic, safety and sustainability requirements, while salvaging as much as possible of the original building. The focus was therefore both on restoring the original glazing and wooden structures, and also on accomplishing that with sensitive regard and respect for the original architecture. Thanks to the grant from VILLUM FONDEN, we have made excellent progress, and greatly look forward to welcoming the public to visit the palm house when it opens in 2020,” says Anne-Birgitte Fonsmark, Director of the Ordrupgaard art museum.

Contact us:
Signe Staubo Sørensen
Senior Adviser, Head of Programme, Event Coordinator, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 24 44 10 50