Ulrik Plesner

Ulrik Adolph Plesner, usually known as Ulrik Plesner (17 May 1861 in Vedersø – 22 November 1933 in Skagen) was an innovative Danish architect who designed in a National Romantic style at the beginning of the 20th century. He is remembered in particular for his influence on the style of architecture practiced in Skagen in the north of Jutland.

Early life

Born in Vedersø near Ringkøbing on the west coast of Jutland, he was the son of parish priest J.F. Plesner. After attending the Copenhagen Technical School (Teknisk Selskabs Skole), he entered the school of architecture at the Royal Danish Academy where he studied under Martin Nyrop, graduating in 1893. He developed a simple style typified by compact structures of red brick with white cornices and trimmings.


Plesner was first noted for an extension to Brøndums Hotel in Skagen which he completed in 1892. Much of his subsequent work was in Skagen where he lived for extended periods and became closely associated with the colony of artists known as the Skagen Painters. Highly respected by his colleagues, he contributed to the development of the main style of the period, Historicism. He also associated with Thorvald Bindesbøll who collaborated with him, often designing interiors in the Art Nouveau style.

Contribution to Skagen architecture

Plesner first arrived in Skagen in 1891 in connection with the establishment of Højen Lighthouse. The same year he designed the first extension of Brøndums Hotel. The same year, he renovated the house belonging to P.S. Krøyer and in 1913 designed a house for Michael and Anna Ancher. In 1919, he drew up early designs for Skagens Museum and went on to design the town’s railway station, hospital, bank, harbor-master’s residence, post office and numerous private houses. Plesner died of a heart attack in 1933 while staying in Brøndums Hotel. The last building he designed before his death was Ålbæk Station on the railway from Skagen to Frederikshavn.

Skagen Church renovated by Ulrik Plesner in 1910

Ulrik Plesner – Wikipedia

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Skagen railway station (DanishSkagen Banegård) is the main railway station serving the town of Skagen in VendsysselDenmark.

Skagen station – Wikipedia

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Old villa at Bergensgade in Østerbro in Copenhagen. It was build as a winter residence for the painter Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909) in 1897 but has later been rebuild.


The Johannes Larsen Museum former home of the Danish painter Johannes Larsen in KertemindeFunen, Denmark, now converted to an art museum. The old and still functioning windmill in the background is also part of the museum.

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Gammeltorv 8, Copenhagen. (1905-1906). Arkitekt: Ulrik Plesner. Ornamentik: Thorvald Bindesbøll.

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Høsterkøb Church (DanishHøsterkøb Kirke) is a parish church in the village of HøsterkøbRudersdal Municipality, some 20 km north of central CopenhagenDenmark.

The church was designed by Ulrik Plesner. Construction began in 1907 and it was inaugurated on 5 June 1907.

Høsterkøb Church – Wikipedia

Esbjerg Post House (1907-08)

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Asmildkloster Agricultural School (1908)

Vodroffshus, Frederiksberg (1908)

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Building build to a design by Ulrik Plesner and Aage Langeland-Mathiesen in 1910 at Gammel Mønt in Indre By in Copenhagen.

Hafnia, København (1912) [Across the street from the National Bank of Denmark]

Klitgaarden (lit. “The Dune House”) is a former summer residence of the Danish royal family situated just south of Skagen on the northern tip of Jutland. The house was designed by Ulrik Plesner for King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine and completed in 1914. It is now owned and run by a trust and serves as a retreat for artists and scientists.

(1914) Klitgaarden – Wikipedia

Østifternes Credit Union, København (1916) [Not there anymore]

And much more.

Ulrik Plesner – Wikipedia


Danish Castles

Fortifications of Copenhagen

Kastellet and the Fortification Ring, Copenhagen, Denmark

Københavns Toldbod – Copenhagen Custom Tax Buildings

Københavns Frihavn – Copenhagen Freeport

The Little Mermaid

Rosenborg Castle

Christiansborg Slot – Christiansborg Castle

Christiansborg Bunker

Amalienborg Palace

Copenhagen City Hall

City Hall Square, Copenhagen

Frederiksberg Palace, Frederiksberg City Hall / Command Central

Moltke’s Mansion

The Lur Blowers Monument

Dragon Fountain, Copenhagen

House of Architectural Heritage

Copenhagen 1960s

Copenhagen, Denmark

Winter in Denmark


King of the hill: Elephants, elegance and 170 years of Carlsberg

Thor in battle with the ‘giants’

Christianshavn, København, Danmark



Retired crane becomes luxury-retreat

The Olsen Gang’s Big Score, The Dragon House & The Gefion Fountain


Kronborg – Helsingør

Rosenborg Castle

Amalienborg Palace

Frederiksborg Castle

Fredensborg Palace

Charlottenlund Palace

Frederiksberg Palace, Frederiksberg City Hall / Command Central

Augustenborg Palace

Aalholm Castle

Vallø Slot

Hvedholm Slot

Tranekær Slot


Gråsten Palace

Krenkerup Gods

Lykkesholm Slot

Skjoldenæsholm Castle





Moltke’s Mansion

Copenhagen City Hall

Valdemar’s Castle, Egeskov and Svendborg

Kronborg Castle and Helsingør Shipyard

Sønderborg Castle and Sønderborg Shipyard

Korsør Shipyard and Fortress

More to come.

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