Westend, Copenhagen

Westend is a street and Art Deco-style housing complex in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It links Vesterbrogade in the north with Mathæusgade and Otto Krabbes Plads in the south. It is accessed through a gateway in the building at Vesterbrogade 6578 and is closed to car traffic in the other end.


Vesterbro was in the 19th century Copenhagen's principal entertainment district. Prostitution was legalized in 1866. On 9 March 1877 the Ministry of Justice issued a Resolution About Police Control With Public Women in Copenhagen, introducing a system where matrons were licensed to operate "public houses". The police was authorized to refer the public houses to specific streets and Badevej became the principal brothel street in Vesterbro. The street was in 1886 renamed Knudsgade. In 1877, Copenhagen was home to a total of fifty licensed brothels with approximately 300 "public women". "Foreningen imod Lovbeskyttelse for Usædelighed", a branch of "La féderation britnniqve, Continentale et générale", was founded in 1894. Prostitutes were required to have individual addresses after brothels became illegal in 1901. A group of developers purchased a property further out on Vesterbrogade with the intention of creating a private street where prostitutes could operate from individual apartments. Construction began in 1903 but the plans were stopped by the so-called October Act which illegalized prostitution.[1] The Westend complex became instead popular with actors and theatre people.


The Westend complex was designed by the architect Albert Jensen who has previously worked for Ferdinand Meldahl and designed buildings such as the Magasin du Nord department store on Kongens Nytorv. The building is designed in the Art Deco with inspiration from Parisian architecture. Its most characteristic feature is the elaborate rough iron balconies.

Street art

The interior of the gateway at Vesterbrogade 7667 has since 2010 featured changing works of street art as a result of a street art project entitled "Wild at Westend". A book documented the result of the project in 2012.[2]

Cultural references

Flamingo Bar (Westend 2) was used as a location in the 1961 drama film En blandt mange'.[3] Westend is a title of a 2007 novel by Jesper Bernt and Jeff Matthews.[4]


  1. "Bispens bordelgade". Jyllands-Posten (in Danish). Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. "Moget vildt i Westend". Magasinet KBH (in Danish). Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. "Flamingo Bar". -danskefilm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. "Westend som bog Der er ingen ende på Vesterbro". -Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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