Copenhagen’s landmark Royal Danish Conservatory of Music has been reborn as the 77-room Nobis Hotel Copenhagen designed by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor.
The practice was enlisted by Nobis Hotel Group to transform the storied Neoclassical structure, built in 1903 by architect Martin Borch for an insurance company, and later home to the Danish Academy of Music. It neighbours the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum and Tivoli Gardens, and is one of Copenhagen’s first concrete structures.
Says practice principal Gert Wingårdh: ‘The building is a fine example of Danish Classicism – a more sophisticated and stripped down version of what can be found in Sweden.’
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen’s original windows, mouldings and wood and marble staircase have been preserved. These turn-of-the-century details are paired with modern additions, including a new concrete check-in desk in the reception that references the 5,500 sq m building’s fabric.
‘We’ve been delicate and respectful, emphasizing every detail of the original architecture and decor,’ says Wingårdh.
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen’s bedrooms all feature high ceilings and period mouldings. Green and blue are the predominant colours, and they’ve been teamed with oak floors and furniture by Danish designed Carl Hansen & Søn.
Picking up cues from the building’s stone details, bathrooms have been outfitted completely in grey Bardiglio marble.
The Nordic theme continues in the hotel’s Niels Restaurant, helmed by chef Jeppe Foldager, which serves French and Danish fare. It’s set in a 1960s addition, which Wingårdh’s team have covered in glass and copper plates. Inside, white walls have been offset by blue oak flooring, blonde furniture and black steel windows and lighting fixtures.
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is the Nobis Hospitality Group’s first hotel outside of Sweden, and rooms start from 2,000 DDK.