Xerjoff Magazine

Retro Modernism: the Radisson Blu Royal in Copenhagen has been restored


Designed in 1960 by Arne Jacobsen, the Radisson Blu Royal in Copenhagen was an eloquent example of great modernist design

Opened in 1960, the Radisson Blu Royal in Copenhagen was the first design Hotel in history. Arne Jacobsen, one of the undisputed masters of Nordic modernism, designed it.He is also responsible for designing the skyscraper that houses the hotel -at the time it was the highest building in Denmark– and for the creation of all the interiors, including furniture, lights and cutlery. This hotel that marked the history of design was recently by Space Copenhagen, a young studio founded in 2005 by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou.“Our intention – explain the designers – was to maintain the originality of the place without transforming it into a museum.” The most radical interventions concerned the lobby and the meeting room, totally redesigned and characterized by a contemporary taste. Stylistic restorations have also been done in the 250 rooms as well as the suites.

Among all of these, only one, Room 606, has not undergone a transformation and has been left exactly as Jacobsen had designed it. It is no coincidence that today it is the most requested room… confirming the great attraction that modern design continues to exert.