The hotel oﬀers approachable, conscious luxury.
Design lovers visiting Copenhagen now have a new accommodation option: Villa Copenhagen, a new luxury hotel that occupies the Danish capital’s former Central Post and Telegraph Head Office building.
Designed by London-based architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio, the former post office’s interiors have been completely transformed to accommodate 391 rooms across five floors while retaining its classical Neo-Baroque exterior that dates back to 1912.
At first glance, the interiors may seem decidedly modern but look closer and you’ll notice period details like the grand window surrounds, timber panelling and architraves. All were restored to retain the building’s original character. This nod to the history and context of local architecture, alongside the curated collection of contemporary bespoke furniture from craft centred European brands, showcases the best of both classic and modern design.
Apart from the facade, the interior design was also inspired by the artwork of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi, who lived between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a tribute to the painter’s understated, elegant style, the design team created a soft colour palette with muted ochres, green-greys and copper tones throughout the rooms.
The interplay of dark and light hues makes the stairway refreshingly modern.
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Completed in 1912, the building was designed in a Neo-Baroque style by Heinrich Wenck, who also did the Copenhagen Central Station.
The rooms are furnished with both modern and classic Danish pieces.
The walls leading to the rooms are lined with Gillian Ayres artworks.
This palette unites the 55 different room types, so although each is subtly varied in design because of the existing interior architecture, they all exude an equal sense of timelessness and calm. On the lower floors, some of the rooms have a 4m-high ceiling with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, while the upper floors feature limewashed walls, exposed timber beams and expansive views across the Danish capital.
All 55 room configurations share the same design philosophy of clean lines and neutral hues.
Restored original timber beams retain the building’s character.
Expect to see pieces from renowned European designers in every room.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN STUDIO CURATED A SELECTION OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE THAT HONOURS FUNCTIONAL, HUMANIST DANISH DESIGN.
Each room is a showcase of European design at its best, featuring original pieces from renowned Danish designers like Finn Juhl, Ole Wanscher, and Nanna Ditzel. As for their unique layouts, Universal Design Studio curated a selection of classic and contemporary furniture that honour functional, humanist Danish design. There are also many bespoke creations. The statement opal glass and the brass and bronze lighting fixtures, for instance, were inspired by archived images of the former post office.
“Our aim was to create a series of rooms which respond to the historic building while centring on contemporary Danish design, humanness and craft,” says Richard McConkey, associate director and head of hospitality at Universal Design Studio. “Copenhagen’s beautiful quality of light, alongside the feeling of quiet beauty in the work of Hammershoi, became a key reference point in our design process.”
Villa Copenhagen is located at Tietgensgade 35-39, 1704 Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, visit www.villacopenhagen.com.
The palette of neutral hues was inspired by painter Vilhelm Hammershoi.
text MELODY BAY photos UNIVERSAL DESIGN STUDIO