DESIGNED BY ARNE JACOBSEN ALMOST 60 YEARS AGO, THE SAS ROYAL HOTEL HAS BEEN RESTORED FOR A NEW GENERATION.
Danish architect Arne Jacobsen probably didn’t realise in 1960 that he was going to start a trend when he designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. He not only built the city’s first skyscraper but was also the first to essentially construct a “design hotel”, as he was responsible for not only the structure but every individual piece of furniture from the lamps to the salt and pepper shakers. The chairs he designed for the hotel – known as the egg, drop and swan chairs – became recognisable pieces in their own right.
After a few decades of neglect, The SAS Royal Hotel (which was also originally designed to be a terminal for Scandinavian Airlines) has finally been restored to its former design glory by architects Space Copenhagen and has been renamed the Radisson Collection Royal Hotel.
The renovation of the hotel – which now has 259 rooms and suites – reintroduces original features and furniture along with new specially designed pieces.
“Our intention is to preserve its extraordinary character but we don’t want to turn it into a museum, we want to bring it to life for a new generation,” says Space Copenhagen co-founders, Peter Bundgaard Rützou and Signe Bindslev.