Nyboder (English: New [small] Houses) is a historic row house district of former Naval barracks. It was planned and first built by Christian IV to accommodate a need for housing for the personnel of the rapidly growing Royal Danish Navy and their families during that time.
Director Tom Hooper and his team removed any traces of modernity – motorboats, the café tables and music that spills out onto the pedestrianised street – and brought in sailboats, fisherwomen and hats made from newspaper.
When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.