Sixtus Battery. C.F. Møller. Photo: Jens Lindhe

Sixtus Battery

Most Danes will associate the historical naval battery Sixtus as the fortification where salutes are fired on official occasions. It was also from here that crown-prince Frederik closely followed the course of the Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April 1801.
 Sixtus Battery. C.F. Møller. Photo: Jens Lindhe
Facts

Client

Forsvarets Bygnings- og Etablissementstjeneste (FBE), Byggestøttecenter

Address

Copenhagen, Denmark

Size

6500 m²

Year

2009-2011

Construction

CG Jensen A/S

Engineering

Sloth-Møller Rådgivende Ingeniører

Landscape

C.F. Møller Landscape

Collaborators, other

Architect Søren Kibsgaard and stonework restorer Leif Vogn

The Sixtus battery is a listed heritage site, in the form of a fortification with ramparts and batteries on the tip of the naval base Holmen, protruding into the port of Copenhagen. With grass-clad ramparts, old Linden trees and ashlar walls, it is a picturesque and public place. Much of the site, however, was till recently in a state of decay, calling for a thorough restoration and re-building effort.

This became possible through new funding, much of which is a result of the support of the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.

The Sixtus battery has now been restored, with a focus on an architecturally complete solution for buildings and landscape, to again let the precise ground-forms and features become a distinct part of the Copenhagen port ensemble. The work was carried out respecting the authenticity and uniqueness of the site, and its cultural and architectural heritage, including the use of historical records and photographs.

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