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The Danish Residence

The residence is the official home of the Ambassador as well as a space to hold official receptions. The Danish residence represents the modern timelessness of classic Danish design and architecture.

The residence is a classic example of Danish 1970's architectural style.
 Photo credit: Camilla Lund Mikkelsen

The Danish residence is the official home of the Ambassador during the years he or she is posted as Ambassador of Denmark to Canada. It is located in the prestigious Rockcliffe Park just north of downtown Ottawa.

The 445 square meters (4,790 square feet) of living space has been planned with an eye for easy circulation. This is vital for the ambassador’s work on strengthening the friendship between Denmark and Canada, where he or she is often hosting events ranging from small dinners to large receptions with several hundred guests.

Classic architecture inviting the outside in
The residence is built in a classic 1970’s Danish style and was designed by three Danish architects - Jarl Heger, and Karen and Ebbe Clemensen. Construction was finished in April 1972.

The most recent renovation was in 2015 when the entire roof was raised and re-shingled and skylights from the Danish company Velux were installed. All materials for the house have been imported from Denmark except for the wood siding and massive crossbeams, which are from British Columbia.

The architectural style is a combination of timeless rusticity and modern simplicity, with an openness and emphasis on natural light.
Subtle details such as the way the light flows through the rooms and the way that the outside is always visible from the inside creates a striking unity between the interior and the exterior.