February 1, 2010
Slideshow: The Royal Theater Opera - Copenhagen, Denmark
An incredibly controversial building in Copenhagen, The Royal Theater Opera sits across the harbor from the historic city center. Unlike the local residents I actually kind of liked the architecture of the building, at least the main facade. However, it is an obvious rip off of Jean Nouvel's Luzern Culture and Congress Center. The building was actually a gift - completely privately funded - by Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and designed by Henning Larsen. However, the client was apparently very controlling of the project and even pressured the government to let him chose any site he wished within the city. He also exercised control of the design often making additions and changes against the architect's wishes - including a controversial change of the main facade by adding a steel grill over the pristine glass.