Interior designer Pernille Lind and architect Richy Almond describe their design for Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen, which has been named best new hotel in Europe, in this movie Dezeen produced for the AHEAD awards.
Hotel Sanders, which opened last November in Copenhagen’s historic centre, won the Hotel of the Year prize at the AHEAD Europe awards in London on Monday. It also topped the Renovation and Restoration category.
Design studio Lind + Almond, which is led by Danish interior designer Lind and British architect Almond, overhauled a dilapidated 90-room three-star hotel in Copenhagen’s historic quarter to create the luxury 54-room Hotel Sanders.
“The site was in a state of serious disrepair” says Almond in the video, which was filmed by Dezeen at Lind + Almond’s studio in London. “We went in and took everything out except for the walls.”
According to the duo, the hotel is designed to inspire feelings of comfort and nostalgia in its guests.
“Sanders is a home away from home,” explains Lind. “We wanted the customer to feel extremely relaxed, but also to see details that reference many different eras.”
By including a wealth of details from the past, the pair sought to create opportunities to remind guests of their own childhoods.
“They may see a pattern or print that they’d seen in their grandmother’s home,” Lind says. “In that sense they feel at home through reference.”
Almond says that the mixture of atmospheres offered by the hotel’s different spaces, including a late-night cocktail bar, a tiled cafe, a verdant rooftop and a relaxed lounge space, amounts to an immersive guest experience.
“When you combine all of these experiences together, plus the guest rooms, that builds enough depth into the experience that it does really immerse the traveller,” he says.
The 54 guest rooms have each been fitted with a selection of warmly hued vintage furniture, ensuring that no two rooms are quite the same.
“The rooms in themselves are very simple,” says Lind. “They are curated with objects and books and specially sourced antiques.”
“We have orangey, warm tones. If you find a vintage piece, it will have this warm, cognac-y colour.”
According to Almond, the hotel is an attempt to revive the atmosphere of prestige associated with international travel in the past.
“Sometimes the old-world, glamorous side of travel is suppressed and overlooked,” he claims. “We are trying to bring back a bit of that, to offer that experience and make sure it doesn’t die out.”
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