The plans for the renovation of the Danish Lutheran Church in Toronto are moving forward to the next phase: The actual renovation and changes. Over the last year, the architects and the working group have discussed possibilities, and the solutions have been presented to the congregation. The room will basically be the same, but now a modern Danish church in the heart of one of the biggest cities in North America. The Nordic layout with wood and clean lines as carrying elements will be underlined in the renovation.
The most significant new changes will be the area around the altar. That will change with hardwood flooring instead of carpet, fewer steps, so the pastor and the congregation will be at eye level and a lighter design of the altar inspired by the existing baptism font and pulpit layout. The walls beside the altar arch will be decorated with two paintings created by the Danish artist Simon Aaen especially for our church. There are also ideas that he should decorate the altar table and the bowl in the baptismal font (read more about the art project here).
Another significant new change will be the pews replaced by a Danish Design-icon: The Series 7 Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in the 1950's. Our version will be in Cherrywood and have the same colour as our pews. The chairs are comfortable, stackable, linkable, practical and beautiful.
Finally, the lighting in the church will be replaced by another significant Danish Design object: The PH-lamp made initially by Poul Henningsen in the 1920s and until his death in 1967.
The PH 6 ½ is made especially for larger rooms and is the biggest in the series of glare-free, shaded lamps. It was initially designed for the Charlottenborg exhibition building in Copenhagen and Aarhus Concert Hall and today, you find it all over the world.
The flooring will also be changed, the entry is also updated, and the walls will be painted so when we can reopen the church, it will be welcoming and ready to be the place for worship for many more years.
Artist illustrations of the future sancturary with lamps, chairs and art.