Danish architect Mads Møller has turned a former coal crane into one of the most unconventional private retreats of Copenhagen. Located on the edge of the Nordhavn, one of the last harbors under renovation in the Denmark’s capital, THE KRANE comprises a reception area, a meeting room, a spa with a terrace, and a 50 sqm (538 sqft) living room for two on the top level with a lounge and terrace.
The living area features a minimalistic all-black design, which reflects the crane’s past when it was used for loading coal. In additions to its allusions to coal, black plays a pivotal role in muting and minimizing visual distractions to make guests feel almost enveloped in the interior. At the same time, the subdued black interior acts like a picture frame for the breathtaking views over Copenhagen and the sea. ‘Usually you go to a hotel and a thousand things are happening,’ said Klaus Kastbjerg, THE KRANE’s owner. ‘You’re at the hotel to de-stress from work but now you have to de-stress from the hotel. With THE KRANE, the black interior combined with the crispy white bed sheets makes everything quiet. You can feel calm, at peace. Enjoying the view as the art.’
One level below, there is a spa with a sauna and two large spa baths, one for each guest. In contrast to the womb-like effect of the black interior of the hotel room, the spa takes a lighter approach, clad in stone from floor to ceiling. One side is occupied by an immense glass wall as a window so that guests don’t miss the nature spending time inside the spa.
Klaus Kastbjerg: ‘It’s rare to find a harbour like this in Denmark. Nordhavn still has an industrial look and feel that’s attracting entrepreneurs, artisans and others. We kept that rough, industrial feeling and added something unexpected. An old engine room that’s now a high-end retreat where you can enjoy champagne and a spectacular view. Now that’s luxury.’