WON­DER­FUL COPEN­HAGEN

DE­SIGNED BY ARNE JA­COB­SEN AL­MOST 60 YEARS AGO, THE SAS ROYAL HO­TEL HAS BEEN RE­STORED FOR A NEW GEN­ER­A­TION.

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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.

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