HANSEN, Christian Frederik
(b. 1756, København, d. 1845, Frederiksberg)

Continuous roadside buildings

1806 onwards
Palmaille, Altona, Hamburg

From the 1770s, numerous authors wrote analyses of the problems of urban development and thus helped to propagate new qualities of middle-class life in the cities. Though the ideal remains the detached house looking like a miniature Schloss, people were aware that urban residences could not start and finish with this model and other models needed to be found. Baroque towns had been constructed according to a uniform plan, and now the desire was to see a succession of varied houses that, though they would be subject to the overall plan, would not surrender their individuality. Thus, though the houses along Palmaille in Altona, Hamburg, were conceived as continuous roadside building, every house nonetheless preserves its distinctive character.

Architect of many of the houses on Palmaille was the Dane C. F. Hansen, who also erected numerous detached houses and villas for rich Hamburg merchants along the Elbe, before returning to Copenhagen as city architect.