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Mediterranean-inspired home in Denmark’s capital

This beautiful home in the Danish capital has a fascinating history – and an enviable position

Maja Hahne Regild
Added 11:29 | May 29, 2016
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  • The light-filled sitting room overlooks a terrace that is accessed via the vast glass sliding panels.

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  • The villa is surrounded by various outdoor spaces on different levels, emphasising the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

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  • The terraces are all built on granite boulders from the original fort.

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  • The original fireplace makes a striking focal point in the main living space, which features a beautiful herringbone parquet floor.

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  • A mix of modern and ethnic furniture sit comfortably together.

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  • The rustic dining table is complemented by contemporary chairs, while a large mirror on the wall behind emphasises the spacious setting.

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  • The vast, sculptural butcher’s block had to be lifted into the villa via a crane, but makes a fabulous focal point in the minimal white kitchen.

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  • In the hallway, a display of unusual collectibles is arranged on an Indonesian console table that contrasts with the antique velvet armchair.

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  • The bathroom’s freestanding oval tub is placed in front of a window that looks out on a private view.

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  • The floor of this cloakroom has been laid with Moroccan tiles, while an antique cabinet has been transformed into a vanity unit.

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  • Little displays of various objects – many gathered over the years – are grouped on surfaces throughout the house.

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  • Lars Wiberg

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Perched on the very top of one of Copenhagen’s old fortifications, Lars and Camilla Wiberg’s home comes with a unique history. Built in 1933, the villa is accessed via numerous steps and crowns the remains of the old Christiansholm Battery – known locally as The Banana Fort because is was once used for storing and ripening the fruit – which is a national heritage site. Part of it belongs to the house itself, and the couple have carefully incorporated this into the stylish, modern home they have created since purchasing the property two years ago.

Following an extensive renovation, the house now has a definitive inside-outside style which has been achieved by replacing standard doors and windows with glass components that allow a seamless link between both. ‘It was important for us to create the atmosphere of a Mediterranean home, where the transition between indoors and outdoors melts together,’ explains Lars. ‘Nevertheless, we did so with respect for the villa’s original features, and its surroundings.’

The renovation, which included moving walls and the creation of new rooms, along with the installation of a smart new kitchen and bathroom, is now a spacious, light-filled and very private home for the couple and their two young children, with much of the family’s time spent on the expansive terrace, which has been built between granite boulders on the ramparts where canons once stood. ‘The house is so high up, it’s almost like floating among the tree tops,’ says Lars of the view that takes in a lush landscape of indigenous trees and plants, including lofty pines and feathery ferns.

When it came to decorating, the couple were keen to introduce their favoured Mediterranean style, combined with both modern and eclectic elements, much of which has been accumulated over the years. ‘Our tastes have changed with time,’ Lars admits. ‘We used to prefer a much more ethnic and colourful look, but this has evolved, and we now enjoy a more contemporary style.’

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The owners Lars Wiberg is the owner of Danish fashion agency The Little Showroom, while his wife Camilla owns the Copenhagen fashion boutique Pour Quoi. The couple have two children aged three and six.

The home The villa, built in 1933, is at the very top of a derelict fort overlooking Copenhagen. Its extensive renovation includes a main living space with access to numerous terraces built on the original ramparts.

Nevertheless, this modern edge has been artfully combined with inspiration from Fifties’ and Sixties’ Palm Springs, Eastern furnishings and artefacts, and vintage finds. The result is decor that is as unusual and fascinating as the villa itself, with a warmth and ambience that is undoubtedly a far cry from the forbidding nature of the original fort.

Maja Hahne Regild

Maja Hahne Regild