Indiakaj

Indiakaj (lit. "India Quay") is a quay and adjacent street which marks the southern boundary of the Søndre Frihavn (English: South Freeport) area of Copenhagen, Denmark. It originates in the west at Kalkbrænderihavnsvej and continue east to a roundabout at the base of Langelinie PPierer.

Indiakaj
Indiakaj viewed from Amerikakaj
Length300 m (1,000 ft)
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark
Postal code2100
Coordinates55°41′43.08″N 12°34′47.76″E

The former head office of the Free Port Company is sited on the south side of the street along with a number of other associated with the free port, which definitively left the area in 1986.

History

Formerly known simply as Hovedvej (English: Main Road), the street was the principal artery of the bew ffree port which was established in the 1890s. Complementing Vest Kaj /West Quay, now America Quay) and Østmolen (East Pier, now Langelinie), the quay was originally simply known as Syd Kaj (South Quay). The name Indiakaj was introduced in the 1960s. The name Indiavej (English: India Rioad) for another street in the area goes back to 1907 and refers to East Asiatic Company's first headquarters.

Buildings and residents

The area to the south of the street is scattered with low red brick buildings which date associated with the free port. Most were built between 1891 and 1998 to designs by Erik Schiødte. They include the former head office of the Free Port Company, residences for employees and the Proviantboderne buildings.

Built in 1917 to designs by Jahn Dich, No. 2 was the free port's post and telegraph building. East Asiatic Company's first head office is located at Bo. 16.[1]

On the north side of the street, No. 1 was built as centeen for Carlsberg's workers. It was designed by Thorvald Bindesbøll and built 1899-1900.

The apartment buildings facing the water were built in 1999 to designs by schmidt hammer lassen.

See also

References

  1. "Asia House". Asia House. Retrieved 2012-12-07.

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