It all started with an architectural contest – Jørn Utzon won but was waylaid by the plans for an Oresund bridge and the opera house in Sydney. Karen and Ebbe Clemmensen, and Jarl Heger, who had won second prize, ended up with the assignment. They created a modern village featuring elements of both medieval history and Southern Europe.
The village is built up around three oak trees that symbolise the Nordic “thingstead”, where the wise men met, discussed and decided issues in a communal setting. The buildings exude life and atmosphere – and also happen to contain Denmark’s most extensive private collection of art.