The Lake Garden
Outside the Giacometti Hall lies the Lake Garden. With access from the North Passage or the Children’s Wing, You can go exploring the winding paths and look at architectural works by a number of international architects.
The Lake Garden takes its name from the Humlebæk Lake, originally excavated and turned into a fortified privateer harbour during the English bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807. Behind the tall ramparts and entrenchments, up to a hundred small gunboats or privateer vessels could be moored. With access to the Øresund, they were meant to fight and seize the English men-o’-war and merchant vessels in Danish waters. However, it never functioned as a wartime harbour, since the war ended before it was finished. Today the lake forms a more peaceful – and very beautiful – setting for both the Children’s Wing and the Giacometti Hall, and is part of the interplay of architecture, landscape and art that you constantly encounter at Louisiana.
Around the Garden, five international architects – Dominique Perrault (France), Aldo Rossi (Italy), Ralph Erskine (UK), Joseph Kleihues (Germany) and Heikkinen-Komonen (Finland) have each reinterpreted and designed their idea of an allotment garden house 7 m2 in area. The result is five unusual and very different buildings. All the projects are present-day versions of the old working-class allotment garden houses, reconceived and taken in new directions.