I am a great fan of beautiful architecture as well as design. Lucky for me I live in a country filled with both. One of the masters of both was the late Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). Last year I took you to see his gorgeous Smokehouse in Havnebyen Odden and today I want to show you another one of his masterpieces – a petrol station called Paddehatten (the Mushroom) located just north of Copenhagen. It is considered among his finest functionalist masterpieces – I couldn’t agree more!
The weekend before last I went on a road trip with a good friend of mine. We had such a fun Saturday with many fab stops on the way. I brought my camera along for the ride so I could catch some of my favourite sights for the blog. I already shared photo overload from our stop at the gorgeous Bispebjerg Kirkegård filled with more cherry blossoms than you could ever dream of.
The petrol station from 1938 is still operating – in fact we filled up the car while we were there. The facade is lined with white Meissner tiles to signal purity and cleanliness. To this day they still do. The petrol station remains the only one of its kind, fully intact and virtually unaltered since it was built in 1938. Only the petrol pumps are recent additions. The details are amazing- the wall clock and the lamps. Even the impressive sea view you can enjoy while filling up your car is just as good as back then.
I wish I could tell you that all petrol stations in Denmark look like this. Sadly they don’t. Although this one was originally designed as a new standard model for Texaco. But the model was never put into production. It is now a beautiful historic monument in Charlottenlund, just north of Copenhagen.
Stop by if you are ever in the neighbourhood and enjoy just how beautiful something as ordinary and flat out boring a petrol station can be.
Arne Jacobsen want only a brilliant architect. He is also the man behind one of the most iconic chairs in the world designed 60 years ago.
I still have one more post to share from the road trip – coming up soon. Happy Wednesday x© that nordic feeling
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