In September 2017, family-owned Swedish Nobis Hospitality Group will open its first hotel outside of Sweden. Contemporary luxury hotel Nobis Hotel Copenhagen has a prime location in the heart of the Danish capital, in a historic building on Niels Brocks Gade 1, off H. C. Andersen Boulevard. Next door neighbors are the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum and Tivoli Gardens.
“It’s a privilege to work with this fantastic building in such a great location,” says Gert Wingårdh. “Danish classicism, which this building is a fine example of, is something special — most sophisticated, more stripped down than that in Sweden. In the main building, we’ve been delicate and respectful, emphasizing every detail of the original architecture and decor, adding superior quality natural materials such as various marbles, stone, wood and glass, with a subtle color scale, accentuated with beautiful deep greens.”
“With the attached annex building from the 1960s, where the Niels restaurant is, we’ve allowed ourselves more architectural liberty,” Wingårdh adds. ”In the rhythm of the signature glass façade, we’ve been inspired by Le Corbusier’s La Tourette Dominican monastery from the late 50s, with its boldly elegant lines. I think there is something of a connection between this style of updated late 50s modernism and turn-of-the-20th-century classicism.”
In the interior design of Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, Wingårdh Arkitekter has worked with a set of core values important to Nobis Hospitality Group. Authenticity, honesty, quality, care and richness in detail are some of these key virtues. The building’s imposing sense of space and elaborate, elegant detailing give the interiors a natural grandeur. These neoclassicist interiors meet classic design from our modern and contemporary times, combined with playful and sophisticated additions as well as some unexpected twists. All furniture is distinguished by craftsmanship and quality, characterized by curved upper lines reflecting the shapes of the building’s original windows. All materials are carefully selected to age with grace. Nordic design classics from various eras are combined and contrasted with furniture, lighting fixtures and carpets designed exclusively for Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, all to create a uniquely personal, friendly, welcoming and elegant hotel.
The rooms, painted in soothing, richly saturated green-blue tones, all have massive chevron-patterned wooden parquet floors and high, white-painted windows with crossbars as center pieces. The bathrooms are clad in grey Bardiglio marble from Italy.
“Carrera marble, both the classic white and the beautiful grey, is part of the original material palette of the building, so it was natural to choose this material for the additions too,” says Gert Wingårdh. “Much of the room furniture is exclusively designed. The beds, the wardrobes and the desks are grounded in a classic Nordic modernistic tradition, while rugs and lighting fixtures add a twist with more playful expressions.”
The 1960s annex building, where the restaurant Niels is housed, has been covered in copper plates and a new glass facade with dynamically placed crossbars as an homage to Le Corbusier. In the restaurant, a midnight blue massive wooden floor forms a dramatic base to the blond Danish wooden furniture. Warm reflecting walls and black marble frame the dining room.
”If some luxury hotels can be compared with a Mercedes, I like to think of this as more of a Bristol, a British customized luxury car with a personal, understated form of elegance,” says Gert Wingårdh.
Gert Wingårdh is Sweden’s leading and most celebrated architect. With his multi-disciplinary Wingårdhs architectural studio, with offices in Wingårdh’s hometown Göteborg as well as in Stockholm and Malmö, Wingårdh has designed a large number of the most high-profile buildings in Sweden and internationally over the past thirty years. The air traffic control tower in Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport, the Aula Medica in the Karolinska Institute, the Victoria Tower Kista, Universeum Science Center Gothenburg, the Swedish embassies in Washington and Berlin. And the renovations of Sweden’s National Museum in Stockholm (opened in 2018) are just a small selection of Wingårdh’s vast portfolio of esteemed building projects. Gert Wingårdh is the only Swedish architect to have been awarded the prestigious Kasper Sahlin prize no less than five times.