Building culture is the most visible part of our cultural heritage and the buildings tell about the cultural and architectural history of Denmark over time.
Denmark is rich in historically interesting buildings, from thatched farmhouses, stark factories and modernistic houses to castles and manor houses.
Buildings, urban environments and works representing architectonic landscape values can be listed or declared worthy of preservation in accordance with the Listed Buildings and Preservation of Buildings and Urban Environments Act. Denmark has more than 9,000 listed buildings and approximately 300,000 buildings that have been declared worthy of preservation.
Both old and more recent buildings are listed
Listed buildings are buildings with special architectonic or culture historical qualities telling about important periods in the history of the country that may be said to be of national significance. Both old and more modern buildings can be listed, and the build-ings already listed range in size from small pavilions and sheds to castles and manor houses, and in variety from lighthouses and industrial facilities to blocks of flats and town halls.
In the same way, buildings that are worthy of preservation can tell about architectural styles, architecture and cultural history, but at the regional or local levels. Preservation applies to the whole building, inside as well as outside, while only the out-side of the building is affected when it is declared worthy of preservation.
The Agency for Culture and Palaces manages the preservation of buildings in accordance with the Listed Buildings and Preservation of Buildings and Urban Environments Act and approves alternations’ to listed buildings.
The municipalities identify and are responsible for buildings that have been declared worthy of preservation. You can read more on the website of the Agency for Culture and Palaces about the work of the municipalities in incorporating cultural environments and buildings that are worthy of preservation in the municipal plan and local planning.
Many local authorities have registered buildings from before 1940 using the SAVE (Survey of Architectural Values in the Environment) method. This is a nationwide registration of about 400,000 buildings.