Set in Copenhagen, within a historic building dating back to 1912, Villa Copenhagen is a new hotel that will soon open its doors.
Launching later this year is the architectural landmark and grand dame hotel, Villa Copenhagen. The new hotel, found in the heart of the Danish capital Copenhagen, has transformed the Central Post and Telegraph Head Office, a listed building that dates back to 1912. Featuring 390 rooms, a rooftop swimming pool, a large, green interior courtyard and a variety of dining outlets, Villa Copenhagen is set in a prime location in the city, moments away from the famous Tivoli Gardens.
A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Villa Copenhagen is the newest independent project by Nordic Hotels & Resorts, and has been designed to uphold the group’s commitment to eco-sustainability. “Copenhagen is spearheading anything within sustainable design, functionality and urban living development,” says Peter Høgh Pedersen, the general manager of Villa Copenhagen. “There is no better place to challenge the ordinary and what is ‘expected’ than here.”
Much of the hotel’s design was created by London-based Universal Design Studio, an award-winning architecture and interiors studio, including the grand staircases, and some public spaces. Throughout the hotel, Universal Design Studio has used a mixture of contemporary and classic Scandinavian design styles; these emphasise the historic building’s original architecture to create sophisticated, lively spaces.
“In the current renovation the building has been improved tremendously, and is now up to modern standards... [but] it has been the intention all along to maintain the nostalgia in the building and have hints of the past in the new designs,” Pedersen explains. “Inspiration has been taken from older interior doors, panels and decor with the overall aim to create a place of contrast yet timelessness in its appearance.”
Universal Design Studio was also responsible for designing 381 of the guestrooms, which have been inspired by 19th century Danish painter Wilhelm Hammershøi. Each room includes a unique collection of custom-designed classic and contemporary furniture, with the Universal team designing them to look and feel like grand Danish residences.
Certain suites in Villa Copenhagen, however, have been designed by other specially selected designers. To create the signature ‘Earth Suite’, Villa Copenhagen partnered with sustainable interior design practice, Earth Studio; the collaboration has resulted in a fully sustainable suite that uses only recycled materials, as well as eco-friendly furniture from Danish manufacturer, Mater Design.
Other areas, including the boardroom and the Courtyard, have beened designed by Shambala Jewels, a fine jewellery brand that unites Nordic design traditions with ancient Eastern philosophies. Shambala Jewels has also partnered with Villa Copenhagen to design eight suites, including a master suite, named the ‘Shambala Jewels Suite’.
Behind the design of Villa Copenhagen’s food and beverage venues was Epicurean by Goddard Littlefair, the celebrated interior design studio’s specialist F&B collective. Villa Copenhagen features a wealth of different dining options, including T37 Bar & Lounge, Public restaurant, and the Kontrast Brasserie; each space was designed to play homage to the stylistic features of the listed building, while also integrating new colours, energy, and classic Scandinavian design techniques.
“We’ve reinterpreted many of the original design features in contemporary materials, juxtaposing historical references in a unique style… Each room has its own material bias and colour scheme,” says Lucy Robinson, associate at Epicurean by Goddard Littlefair. “Our vision was to… [introduce] something new and fun to the marketplace whilst resonating with the locale, and honouring the Scandinavian design sensibility.”
Throughout the hotel, Villa Copenhagen is prioritising conscious luxury and using natural materials and environments to create warm, comfortable spaces. By investing in enewable energy, sustainable local partnerships, and forward-thinking initiatives, Villa Copenhagen shows itself to be thoughtful and modern – and when this is added to the building’s architectural and cultural heritage, it’s clear why guests will soon fall in love with Copenhagen’s new grand dame hotel.
Rates at Villa Copenhagen, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £160 per night. For more information or to book, visit www.villacopenhagen.com