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Work begins on Fretton's Copenhagen project

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Work has started on this 1,100m2 residential scheme by Tony Fretton Architects, opposite the Marble Church (1749-1894) in Copenhagen.

The building sits on a plot known as Tietgens’ Agony, after the 19th-century developer who was unable to buy the land and finish his dream for the square in the historic Frederiksstaden quarter.

Describing the scheme Fretton says: ‘The classical form and proportions of the [existing] beaux-arts buildings in the square are used in the facades of the new building in a highly abstracted way. The new building is equivalent in its own way to the classical pavilion
opposite, the two buildings forming a symmetrical pair that frame the view of the Church.’

He adds: ‘It is also similar to the prismatic forms of the older buildings on its other side. In these ways the new building will finally reconcile the
buildings on Tietgens’ Grund, with all of their idiosyncrasies, to the classical form of Frederiksstaden.’

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