Taarbæk Kro has never looked more like itself than it does now. Because when a dearly loved historical building needs to be future-proofed, you must correct the whims and caprices of earlier times and get to the core of it.
Recognition and harmony
The inn’s form had been shaped by years of ad hoc extensions and conversions – at one time, it was even part of a shipyard. In other words, there has been quite a bit of randomness throughout the building’s life. Tasked with restoring the Taarbæk Kro, restoration architect Lars Tuxen from Wenzel + Tuxen has attempted to make the inn’s volumes and lines clearer and more balanced. The rafters on the chalk-white building still have their characteristic rounded corners, while, for example, the height of windows has been aligned to create a harmonious design.
The new design is simple and honest. The windows are made of oak. A large part of the woodwork is recycled. While the tiles are made of stone from the Swedish island of Øland. All electrical installations are new. The roof has been been fitted with non-reflective solar cells, providing a large part of the inn’s energy supply. While the glass roof over the courtyard has a filter, ensuring guests are not bothered by sun glare during concerts and talks.
Speaking of the glass-covered courtyard, it was important to the builder to give visitors a direct, uninterrupted view of the water. So Lars Tuxen has made sure that guests can sit and relax in the inn’s various rooms, never disconnected from the seaside setting.
“We don’t change, we clean up”
As Lars Tuxen says: ”We don’t change the inn, but we clean up spaces that arose ad hoc and create calmness.”
”We know that people have many precious memories from here – I do too. In my youth, we would swim here in the morning and watch the sun rise after parties – but I hope that everyone will also be able to see that what is being done for the inn now is so real and genuine,” says restoration architect Lars Tuxen.
”The overall design expression, which the client has devised together with designer Niels Bastrup, will revitalise the inn and bring out the aesthetics in a beautiful and natural way. In any case, I am thrilled and think it is an exciting task to unite it all,” says Lars Tuxen. “My starting point is always honesty. I want to be able to vouch for the result and live there or come to visit as a guest and I definitely feel I can with Taarbæk Kro.”