Danish design studio Space Copenhagen revives Radisson Blu Royal in Copenhagen, by redesigning existing spaces and original furniture in a wide-ranging renovation of the iconic Arne Jacobsen landmark.

The refurbishment involves the restoration of 259 guest rooms, lobby, different lounge areas throughout the hotel, as well as the opening of a novel restaurant, Café Royal. Originally designed for SAS (Scandinavian Airline Service) in 1960 by Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen, the Royal Hotel stands as a major milestone in the history of design hotels.

"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."

Founded in 2005 by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, Space Copenhagen seeks to sustain the features of the original concept yet still modernizing the iconic building and interior. By teaming up with the manufacturer of the furniture, Fritz Hansen, the design studio has succeeded in harnessing the legendary designs of Arne Jacobsen in updates of the furniture fabrics.

Serving as a spatial relaxing-zone for guests the lobby has been widened by removing an existing bar and a former retail space. From the ground floor, now ornamented with original marble floors, wood and marble panels a spiral staircase elegantly leads to the upper floor.  

Furnished with less known designs of Arne Jacobsen such as the Mayor sofa and Giraffe table, the restaurant and bar on the ground floor is granting guests a homely atmosphere. Nine meeting rooms is now featuring subtle colored versions of the redesigned Swan and Egg chair.

The guest rooms are warm and full of light, with a significant window area providing a magnificent view of the Danish Capital. Decorated with the architects own Amore Mirror series and furniture from &tradition of Copenhagen completing Arne Jacobsen’s original designs, the atmosphere and design of Radisson Blu Royal is a must-try experience for true design and architecture lovers.

The complete renovation is set to be finished spring 2018.