Fondation Danoise


The Denmark Foundation was designed by Kaj Gottlob, the architect who created Saint Luke’s church in Aarhus.

One of the first houses in the Cité internationale

The Denmark Foundation, originally known as Denmark House, opened in 1932. Its construction was financed with private funds collected by a Danish industrialist named Benny Dessau and Helge Wamberg, the Cultural affairs attaché at the Danish Embassy in Paris, with additional funds donated by the Danish government.

Did you know?
The rooms in the Denmark Foundation are decorated with engravings depicting the towns and cities whose donations made the Foundation possible.

Refined, elegant architecture

The Denmark Foundation was designed by Kaj Gottlob, the architect who created Saint Luke’s church in Aarhus. With a mere 48 rooms, it is the smallest house in the Cité internationale. The building’s classical style is in sharp contrast to the neighbouring Switzerland Foundation designed by Le Courbusier. The Foundation is easily recognisable by its reddish bricks and some detailing that is particular to Scandinavian architecture. The building was completely renovated between 1983 and 1989.

Did you know?
The furnishings and light fixtures in the Denmark Foundation were designed by Rud Thygesen, Johnny Sorensen, Arne Jacobsen and Paul Henningsen, some of the country’s great names in design.