Danish sculptor Axel Poulsen’s Charlottenlund home is inspired by the Museo Duomo Opera

Monastic scale and proportions are on offer at the living artwork

The sacred proportions of the Museo Duomo Opera are translated into the former home and studio of Danish artists Axel Poulsen and Elisabeth Bergstrand in Charlottenlund.

Inspired by Tuscany, where the pair spent extended periods of time during their careers, the couple decided to recreate their own version of the Florence landmark back on home soil, beginning in 1918 in Gentofte.

The artist complex took them over nine years to complete, with recycled materials used for the structure and intricate details – from carvings, ironwork, murals and furniture – all painstakingly done by the couple. Among its highlights, Manglemosevej 20 boasts a faithful copy of the Fiesole monastery’s courtyard, as well as intricately frescoed walls and Gothic windows inset with detailed stone tracery.

A studio space within the building, complete with Poulsen's figures
Photography: BJØRN & BYSKOV

Fast forward to 1973, when the new custodians enlisted modernist architect Mogens Lassen to turn Manglemosevej 20 into a multi-generational home, complete with a new, industrial-tinged wing.

He upcycled steel-framed windows, doors and 8-metre-long Pomeranian pine beams from the old Eastern gasworks for the interiors of the 16-metre space, which was conceived though never completed by the artists.

Arched doors are from the Old Eastern gaworks and continue the monastic feel
Photography: BJØRN & BYSKOV

Today, the Danish property is for sale via Bjørn Byskov for DKK 25,000,000. It offers live/work opportunities for multiple generations of the same family within the white-washed, minimalist confines of a living sculpture. Take a closer look at the gallery above.

Kitchen appliances are new though cabinetry is again, upcycled and recycled from other projects.
Photography: BJØRN & BYSKOV
The Charlottenlund property's leafy courtyard
Photography: BJØRN & BYSKOV
The exterior of Maglemosevej 20, 2920 Charlottenlund
Photography: BJØRN & BYSKOV

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