A renewed icon
The hotel- manifesto designed by Arne Jacobsen in the Danish capital in 1960, modernised by Space Copenhagen. Welcome to the Radisson Collection Royal Hotel
A jewel of modern architecture, the Radisson Collection Royal Hotel was created by Arne Jacobsen in 1960. Over the years the structure and its name have been gradually modernised, as and when required, up until the recent decision to go for a full restyling. But taking on the work of a giant like the Danish architect/ designer was no mean feat. “This building is a manifesto. Half of Arne Jacobsen’s design work was completed here”, explains Peter Bundgaard Rützou who, together with Signe Bindslev Henriksen is the creative soul of the Space Copenhagen studio appointed to restyle the hotel. The duo donned kid gloves to work on the project, intent on linking the old structure with visions of contemporary interiors, while at the same time enhancing the spirit and allure of the historic design. To do so, they enlisted the services of an important partner: Fritz Hansen. This historical company which manufactures the pieces by AJ accepted the challenge to upholster the chairs in the hotel in velvet, including the bestsellers Egg and Swan, but also conceived five Signature Suites featuring both historical and current pieces from its own catalogue. “Arne Jacobsen is an important part of our heritage and we wanted to show the modern appeal of his work intertwined with that of our designers today”, explains Christian Andersen, head of design in the company.