One of the many idiosyncrasies within Copenhagen’s controversial commune of Freetown Christiania, the “Glass House” has been described as a construction exemplifying modern “architecture without architects”. The 85 acres of Denmark’s capital known as Christiania grew out of a former military barracks that was abandoned in 1971. The site is home to around 850 people and in addition to pre-existing military buildings, makeshift homes such as the Glass House have added to the area’s unique character over the decades.
A successful social experiment or lawless drug den, depending on who you speak to, Freetown Christiania was born of a spirit of collectivism and anarchy which rejects private ownership. Governed by the Christiania Law of 1989, the commune is a popular tourist destination and, despite riots and ongoing “normalisation measures“, enjoys relative freedom from the state. It even has its own page on Copenhagen.com.