Redesign of the world’s first design hotel, Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

08 Oct Redesign of the world’s first design hotel, Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

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A lively welcome

Following Arne Jacobsen’s original intention for the lobby to be a lively public area that brings people together, a series of changes have been made to the layout, to make it better suited for modern use.


Removing the lobby bar and retail space and repositioning the reception desk provided room for new areas for guests to lounge and work. In the lobby, guests can enjoy furniture such as Arne Jacobsen’s world-famous ‘Egg’ chair, a curved variation of the Stay Sofa with Gubi and several rare Arne Jacobsen designed ‘Pot’ chairs that were bought back by the hotel at auction.


One of the most spectacular and recognizable features of the original design is the suspended staircase, which connects the ground floor entrance to the first floor meeting space. At the time, it pushed the boundaries of what was possible in construction and engineering. Using photographs pulled from the hotel’s archives, original elements such as leather wrapping on the handrails have now been re-introduced. Space Copenhagen has also introduced a bespoke lighting unit, a giant halo hung from the ceiling on the mezzanine floor above the staircase to reinforce the spectacle.

Café Royal for locals and travelers alike

Now in an open-plan layout alongside the hotel’s lobby, the new Café Royal restaurant is completely redesigned to create an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The open kitchen accommodates shifting demands and moods from morning to evening.


A variation of soft lounge furniture combined with dining style ‘Drop’ chairs and Stellar Works’ Ren chairs, allows guests to use the space for relaxing, working and socializing. The restaurant also features some of Arne Jacobsen’s lesser known pieces such as the ‘Mayor’ sofa.


With a new entrance and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the busy shopping street Vesterbrogade and the Tivoli, Café Royal aims to be a design-destination in itself for locals and hotel guests.


The restaurant is headed up by acclaimed chef Christian Paradisi and here guests can enjoy one of the world’s most unique afternoon teas, inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s design and colors – all served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain. In addition, the restaurant serves classic bistro dishes, ‘Danish smørrebrød’, Rib Eye Steaks dry aged for a minimum of 25 days and design-led cocktails.

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