A blanket of fallen leaves weave golden hues hailing in an Autumn season in Kongens Have, The King’s Gardens, in the heart of Copenhagen. The former summer palace and now a popular culture-café, Herkules Pavillion, is preparing to close down for the winter. A hint of hibernation is in the air. A walk along the north-eastern perimeter of the gardens and a string of 13 small pavilions appear facing Kronprinsessegade. Like a regiment of the Royal Guards on parade in their finest gala uniform, they stand perfectly proportioned, representing a glimpse of neoclassical architecture from the early 1800s. The pavilions were one of the final works by the Danish architect and building-master, Peter Meyn, originally designed to house small shops.
Neoclassical shop-windows for creative souls
Today, the buildings are shop windows for creative souls parading their talents from ceramics, haute couture, jewelry to a puppet theatre and the restaurant, Orangeriet Kongens Have. The Danish Agency for Culture & Palaces are now the custodians of the pavilions securing their integral part of the gardens identity. For those curious about the golden age of architecture in the Danish capital, the pavilions of the Kongens Have are a wonderful place to start. Neoclassicism rules in Copenhagen.
Content & Images: Phillip Mills