Historic building sold to China
The Chinese state has purchased a historic building at 36 H. C. Andersens Boulevard, which until recently housed the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jyllands-Posten reports.
The building – which was designed by the architect Christian L. Thuren and erected in 1906 – will be converted into a Chinese cultural centre.
“The Chinese embassy has revealed that the cultural centre will be used as a library, for exhibitions, concerts and education,” said Susan Lintrup, an estate agent from Lintrup & Norgart, which represented the seller.
Second floor concert hall
The 2,434 square metre building was home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music for over 100 years before being sold in 2012 to the real estate investment company Meghraj Danmark A/S.
“We bought the conservatory because it’s a beautiful building with a fantastic location, which we believed would be attractive for a number of potential owners,” Tim Hinks, a spokesperson for Meghraj Danmark, said. “The interest in the building has been overwhelming, particularly on account of the concert hall on the second floor.”
Lintrup, who described the purchase as a natural development, pointing to Denmark opening an institute of culture in Beijing in 2005, said that the cultural institute was perfect on H. C. Andersens Boulevard because of the popularity that the legendary Danish author enjoys in China.