How do you redesign an iconic masterpiece?
From Al Gore and Alice Cooper to Snoop Dogg and Woody Allen, stars from every industry have stayed with us at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen while visiting Denmark’s capital city.
The world’s first design hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, has started an extensive renewal. The aim of the ongoing renovation is to create world-class experiences through design in every part of our guest’s journey.
In 1960, the legendary Danish architect Arne Jacobsen designed the entire ‘Royal Hotel’ – today known as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. By building on this heritage, reviving some of Arne Jacobsen’s lesser known design classics and including new design elements, our world-famous hotel is now being modernized for the future.
“We are extremely proud of our heritage and a unique appreciation for design defines everything we do. The renovation is inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s way of approaching design, with the perfect combination of functionality and sophistication. We aim to recreate a world-class design-led guest experience that is every bit as iconic as the original”, says Tom Flanagan, Area Vice President Nordics of the Rezidor Hotel Group.
A hand-picked team of award-winning Danish designers and international architects and project leaders are orchestrating the renewal which includes all 260 guest rooms, lobby, restaurants and bars, and the entire meeting and event space.
“Our aim is to revive the iconic atmosphere of Arne Jacobsen’s design by carefully protecting the legacy whilst at the same time modernizing to meet the guests’ expectations”, explains Brian Gleeson, General Manager at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.
Where Important Decisions are Made
The extensive renovation of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is well underway and already now the top meeting and events space, with 10 conference rooms, including 5 executive boardroom suites, are welcoming the first guests.
All meeting rooms are named after Arne Jacobsen’s design classics, such as the world-famous the ‘Egg’ chair, designed especially for this hotel back in 1960. The art on the walls were found in the archives of the hotel and has been reframed to let the world relive the legacy of Arne Jacobsen.
“In the meeting rooms, we also have bespoke Swan Chairs; one of Jacobsen’s most famous art pieces. The height of the chairs has been raised to enhance the guest comfort to match the slightly elevated boardroom tables”, explains Gleeson.
In addition to the original marble walls, all boardroom suites come with ‘Nero Marquina’ marble credenzas, chosen to pay tribute to Arne Jacobsen’s design as he used this marble in several parts of the hotel.
“Reviving original sophistication with a modern twist, our meeting and events space are completed with stunning views of the Tivoli Gardens and the busy Copenhagen city center. This is ideal for meetings, conferences and private events such as weddings and glamorous cocktail parties”, says Brian Gleeson.
Denmark’s First Skyscraper
The Royal Hotel was a forerunner in many ways when it opened in 1960. It was Denmark’s first skyscraper and is recognized as the world’s first designer hotel and the only hotel designed by the world-famous architect Arne Jacobsen.
One room will remain untouched throughout the renovation; the iconic Room 606 on the sixth floor. That is one of the world’s most famous hotel rooms and it is kept exactly as it was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960.
“Room 606 is a living proof of our heritage and is open for anyone who would like to experience Arne Jacobsen’s heritage and immerse themselves in Danish modernism. By interpreting our iconic heritage, we aim to recreate this legendary building and escalate it to new heights for the future”, says Gleeson.
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