In the shadow of Copenhagen’s most famous brewery, Carlsberg, lies the quiet neighborhood of Humleby (which literally translates to Hops-Town). The three story townhouses, inspired by architecture from England, were built in the 1880s to accommodate workers of Burmeister & Wain, a large Danish shipyard and diesel engine producer.
The Carlsberg tower hovers over this quaint residential area which has managed to preserve its original appearance and feel over time. Some homes have a small garden area in front which can be used for patio furniture, plantings or bicycle storage. Other homes share the common picnic tables, bike racks and play equipment which line the side of the street opposite the parked cars.
The small neighorhood comprises seven streets, two east-west and five north-south streets. The streets are named after famous artists who lived in the early 1800s. Only three of the streets actually connect to the surrounding street system, i.e. the two east-west streets and Jerichausgade. The street, named after the Danish sculptor Jens Jerichau, is two blocks long and it links the neighborhood to Ny Carlsberg Vej, the portal road into the historic brewery. Today, a steady stream of tourist buses pass by the neighborhood at this point en route to the portal which is guarded by four life size elephant statues.
Even on a chilly weekday afternoon, signs of life on the Jerichausgade can be seen everywhere. Mothers push strollers up and down the street. Children, not yet school age, perfect their newly acquired bicycling skills. Sidewalk chalk drawings cover the width of the roadway. The random sand box is placed in the space normally occupied by parked cars. Although these features are not engineering measures, they contribute significantly to the calming of traffic on the street.
The street, and the neighborhood, is unique within Copenhagen which has made it quite a popular address. The layout of the roadway does not conform to standard city street designs. Still, the qualities which contribute to the livability of the street have made it an attractive place to live both indoors and out.