From the ad hoc to the well thought out
When restoration architect Lars Tuxen from Wenzel + Tuxen became part of the renovation of Taarbæk Kro in 2021, it occurred to him that most of the work consisted of making the building safe to stay in. Taarbæk Kro has been renovated and rebuilt and expanded so many times over the years that not all solutions have proven to be technically sound.
During the most recent major reconstruction in 1940, there was a shortage of materials due to World War II. With the help of local fishermen, the builders had used concrete blocks for the foundations, creating an unstable base that would never have been accepted under normal circumstance. As Lars Tuxen explains, a significant part of the renovation has been dedicated to cleaning up previously ill-thought-out construction decisions, ensuring any materials removed were either reused or disposed in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way, keeping the build’s climate footprint as low as possible.