Danish architecture and design is attracting 120 US architects from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to visit Copenhagen and north Zealand, the island on which Copenhagen lies, from 31 August to 4 September, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen.
One of the initiators, architect Gunny Harboe of Chicago says: "The Danish holistic view of construction where everything is coordinated - from curtains and chairs to buildings - are very interesting to American architects."
The architects will see examples of architecture and design ranging from the 17th century to the present day, including Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Slotskirke, The Black Diamond and the new Royal Opera House. They will also visit furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen, which makes much of the furniture of Arne Jacobsen, a Danish architect and designer who is well known for his Swan, Egg and Ant chairs, which he designed in the 1950s.
Anette Steenberg Williams, head of the trade department at the Consulate General of Denmark in New York says: "We have worked hard to get this event organised, and I think it's a unique chance for Danish companies to establish contacts with the world's largest building market. It is very rare that so many architects from the USA venture into the world to acquire new ideas, but this visit to Denmark clearly signals that we have plenty to offer. We are very delighted to have succeeded in creating this close contact."
Seminar topics during the visit include globalisation, sustainability, preservation of Modernism, urban redevelopment and new materials.