FROM FOLKETS HUS TO VEGA
Always the center of the party
VEGA is truly a historic gem. So much life has been lived in this building.
It has been enjoyed, used, worn, loved, hated, rebuild and celebrated.
If walls could talk, generations of big speakers, sneaky whispers, wild discussions and overwhelming voices will form a myriad of stories from a house that has gathered Copenhageners, musicians, politicians, artists and party people in the past seven decades.
Tales are running down Vilhelm Lauritzen's perfectionistic wooden panels, which makes VEGA on of the most magical venues in Denmark.
VEGA is a house that offers many experiences. The building's journey from greatness to decline, from demolition threats to complete preservation is in itself an interesting piece of Denmark's history, and if you move closer, the building is an impressive architectural accomplishment.
A functionalist masterpiece.
The Danish architect Vilhelm Lauritzen, who is also the man behind Radiohuset (1940) and the old airport terminal (1939), designed Folkets Hus for the labour movement, which opened it 1956. The building functioned as a diverse meeting place for the movement up until the 1990's, where they had to close.
With a fantastic perfectionism Vilhelm Lauritzen designed everything in the building. Door handles, chandeliers, sockets, furniture, the beautiful rooms, the detailed wooden panels and the legendary, labyrinthine staircases.
Everywhere in the building there are evidence of his flair for quality, aesthetics and thorough craftsmanship. He understood the value of details and design and everything is thought through down to the smallest detail.
By building Folkets Hus the labour movement underlined, who sat the agenda in Denmark in the 20th century. The building's facade showed proud and honestly that it was built in reinforced concrete and glass. There was no decorations, no antique pillars or drawn marmor.
Thanks to artist Bjørn Nørgaard and former environment minister Svend Auken, the building was preserved in 1994. Nørgaard has called the building for The Sistine Chapel at Vesterbro.
In September 1996 VEGA opened as a concert venue in connection to Kulturby 1996. VEGA is one of the few remaining cultural projects from back then.
Today VEGA has three concert venues as well as three other rooms, where around a quarter of a million people visit every year.