Welfare & architecture in Copenhagen NV
Copenhagen NV is the up and coming area in Copenhagen. NV is short for NordVest (north-west) and is the postal code for a large neighbourhood outside of the Copenhagen city centre.
This neighbourhood features lots of interesting new architecture, public spaces and emerging cultural and commercial activities, small creative businesses, entrepreneurs, – and of course hipsters.
But the area also embodies the rise of the Danish welfare society since the early 20th century.
Unless you have your own bikes already, we’ll provide high-quality bikes as well as optional helmets and bottled water to bring.
After meeting and greeting at pub ‘Åbenbar’, we’ll get on the bikes quickly and get going. We’ll take short rides between plenty of stops with explanations and discussions over buildings, spaces, places, neighbourhoods, people, culture and more. We’ll adapt the route and speed to everyone in the group as best possible.
After returning we’re inviting you on a beer or drink and a chat at this cool pub, an updated version of an old school Danish ‘værtshus’.
Architecture in Copenhagen NV
Blending into local everyday life on the bike lanes, this bike tour covers a wide range of housing schemes, culture buildings and public spaces. We’ll visit buildings of prominence, such as the Grundtvig Church, public spaces like Superkilen (by Bjarke Ingels) and contemporary architecture, such as the local library (by COBE Architects). But we’ll also pass residential blocks for the common Copenhagener, social and affordable housing ranging in time from the early 20th century to today.
All these buildings and places have one notably Danish phenomenon in common: welfare.
The welfare state
The area was and is a physical outcome of the Danish welfare system for better and worse. Since its initial development, Nørrebro and NV have been a district for the less affluent people, from workers during the industrial revolution to emigrants in today’s so-called ghettos.
So here, embodied in bricks and concrete, we’ll trace the history and present of a strong social-democratic movement, that has shaped the Danish cities and minds.
Your guides on the architecture bike tour are:
Alice Lempel Søndergaard
Alice has a degree in philosophy and modern culture and has worked with urban planning at a strategic level. She has a profound interest in how architecture and city planning is influencing everyday life in the city.
Asser Munch is an architect by trade and an architecture guide in Copenhagen. He has a background as a teacher at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, later as a building architect on smaller, very diverse projects.
You can read more on his blog: copenhagenarchitecture.dk.
Small group size
We ride in small groups and treasure the personal connection and the opportunity to exchange views and experiences along the way.
It is a bike tour, so we expect all participants to be fairly experienced on a bike and fairly comfortable in traffic. That said, it’s not a fitness session, the pace is comfortable, there are plenty of stops, and the distance is approximately 10-15 km.
The tour is suitable from 12 years up, the route mainly follows bike routes, and avoids heavy car traffic. Helmets are optional and included in the price.
For a group with someone new on a bike or uncomfortable on the bike lanes, we’ll be happy to offer a custom tour at a slower pace and choosing more quiet routes. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional helmets are included as well as a drink of water that we bring on the tour.
If you would like a private tour for you and your colleagues/friends/family, please make contact at email@example.com.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Here you can store your luggage during your tour and rest with a cold soft drink, surf our free WiFi and charge your phone/device.
The tour is suitable from 12 years up, the route mainly follows bike routes, and avoids heavy car traffic.
Bikes are included for the duration of the tour, but in the booking you can opt for additional rental or perhaps to bring your own.
Helmets are optional but included in the price as well as a bottle of water to bring on the tour.
After the tour, a beer or a drink is included, and we’d love to chat with you and hear you praise our beautiful city 😉
Finally, we may be able to help you with a few other practicalities – for rent or for keeps:
You can find additional and practical information at our FAQ-page.