A Grand Villa

The History

In central Copenhagen, a beautiful avenue runs from Østerport Station to Lille Triangel. The Champs-Elysées like street was named Dag Hammarskjölds Allé in 1962 in honour of UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in a plane crash in 1961. Behind the rows of linden trees in number 26 is a grand villa, which for more than 60 years housed the Canadian Embassy and Canadian ambassadors stationed in Denmark.

Designed by architect Albert Oppenheim the mansion from 1918 was bought by the Kirk Johansen family in 2011. Since then, the spaces of the grand villa have been refurbished to recapture their former glory. As original features like the carved staircase and decorative hand-painted wallpapers have been preserved the interior is dominated by a colourful style and far from the douche palettes of the renowned Scandinavian minimalism. In 2022, an annexe with a cosy farmers’ kitchen and orangery was built along with a private nightclub and a big sun terrace. For more than a decade the Kirk Johansen family has restored the place, and is now opening the doors to the old embassy.

Inspired by the building’s legacy and shaping its future, the name Villa Canada was born. Added a personal and homely touch by adding “Villa” to Canada, because this is what Villa Canada is all about – “A home away from home – where stories were told for generations and memories are created”. Villa Canada also honours the history of the house with a maple leaf in its logo.

A grand building created with great care and given a special purpose. In this heralded residence you are not visiting, you are living. It is the supreme in accommodation – an uncompromising experience of luxury and privacy.