A long-lasting approach was central to Universal’s design for Villa Copenhagen, using natural materials designed to wear in and not wear out and a range of robust materials that can be repaired and updated as they age and wear elegantly over time.
‘We have tried to look at each room as if it were an individual residence, aiming to emphasise the building’s original character to create a mix of different room types, tones, bespoke pieces and relaxed quiet experiences, which contribute to a stand-out destination for conscious, quality luxury,’ adds Richard.
Other contributors include Earth Studio, a partnership between renowned Danish architect, Eva Harlou, and manufacturer, Mater, who have created the Earth Suite – a fully sustainable suite wholly comprised of recycled materials and eco-friendly and durable Mater furniture.
The flooring is created from low-impact clay brick tiles and the walls are coated in crushed reclaimed bricks from the building’s renovation.
As Collins Dictionary declares ‘lockdown’ the word of the year for 2020, Villa Copenhagen’s opening in such an uncertain time could be considered a risky move – but the hotel has developed its design and operations to create a hospitality offering that we’re certain will ride out the pandemic and become a Copenhagen institution.
Photography: Stine Christiansen and Andy Liffner