Mansion art and landmarks
Our Japanese toilets may be the most photographed features of the Mansion. We’ve even see some toilet selfies being posted online. Why? Our toilets are state of the art with heated seating and lights. Just be careful not to hang out there too long.
All our furniture is 2nd hand and possesses its own story. Mansion friends can adopt a piece by giving a donation. They choose the name and help us to keep improving the Mansion. Let us know if you want one!
The Festival Wall was originally built for the Roskilde festival. We grabbed it, upcycled it, and installed it in the Festival room. It’s edgy and fun and always helps to remind us that anything old can be made new again.
We haven’t read all the books in the library, but Finn Strandgaard has. After he passed, he made his brother Vagn promise to find the collection a safe home like the Mansion! Feel free to borrow one of the many fascinating books.
Geronimo embodies the daring spirit of the Mansion. The Apache leader shouted his name as he leapt from a cliff to escape the US army, inspiring the use of the word by World War II parachuters and then bungee jumpers.
The LEGO Wall
We love LEGOs at the Mansion and often use them during LEGO Serious Play to further our visions. The LEGO wall is a playful feature that keeps us thinking, building, and dreaming of what’s next.
This is the first thing that catches your eye when you walk in the Mansion and its 100% true. If you’ve found your way through our doors, you are awesome and we are happy to know you.
Thomas Dambo built this lovable pink pony from scrap wood. After lying out in the wild for only 8 hours, it was tragically stolen!!! Watch the epic journey to bring the pony that sits above DARE2mansion home.
The Life in the Fence
Made from 545 colorful, turnable blocks, The Fence is the link between the Mansion and the surrounding community. You can’t walk by it without touching the blocks and making a new design!
The Front of the House
This international project was spearheaded by Mansioner Thomas Dambo as part of the birdhouse movement. It mixes 2D and 3D elements to create an awesome naturally colorful image that multi-tasks as a home for birds and lively up-cycled art piece.
The Cash Cow was sponsored by Jyske Bank as a reminder of the economic aspects that go along with creative ideas and thinking. A key element of the BCG matrix, it keeps us shooting our ideas towards the stars.
This contagious art project was designed in collaboration with the local youth club and community along Titangade. The wall beautifies the neighborhood and makes a positive impact. Can you spot the Mansion’s core values of Dare, Care, and Share.
The Making of DARE2mansion
The Mansion was first discovered on a dark and dreary February day. Vermundsgade 13-15 was an auto repair shop that had gone out of business. Old, ugly, and broken down, it was a serious fixer-upper, and absolutely perfect. However, touring around, Mansion founders Laila Pawlak and Kris Østergaard knew this place was unique and a must-buy. Multi-layered and complex, the repair shop was unlike anything they had encountered before and full of untapped possibilities. It was clear that this would be a place to unlock the cool potential of people and their ideas. It would be a home of opportunity. It just needed a serious makeover.
The next day, Kris and Laila had made an offer and two weeks later it was theirs. Thus began the Mansion’s transformation. 3,000 volunteer hours of serious tender, love, and care later (see below), it began to look like what it is today.
Today, DARE2mansion is home to a diverse array of entrepreneurs. It’s a place that never ceases to surprise you and continuously reinvents itself. The Mansion challenges you the second you walk through its doors. It brightens your mood and mindset. It enables you. This is a place for positive impact – to be different and make a difference.
DARE2mansion was built with the help of: