Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, opened in 1960 and considered to be one of Arne Jacobsen’s most iconic projects, is a metallic, rectangular tower seemingly out of place, jutting out among the low-lying buildings of Copenhagen.

This building is designed by Arne Jacobsen, one of the most prominent Danish designers from the 20th Century, known mostly for his distinctive chair designs.

Image of Arne Jacobsen (c) Wikipedia

Although the hotel has changed throughout the past decades, it has still retained its modernist, retro aesthetic to this day. The hotel’s façade, in addition to the furniture of the hotel, were designed by Jacobsen.

Egg and Swan Chairs
The Spiral Staircase

The famous Egg chairs and Swan chairs can be found in the lobby, and the spiral staircase on the ground floor has been preserved since the 60s.

The only part of the hotel that has been unchanged and left in its original design is room 606, the hotel’s most popular room.

Radisson Blu Room 606
By Pietervandenabeele (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The second floor of the hotel is open to non-guests, and there you can see more of Jacobsen’s furniture displayed outside the restaurant and function rooms.

The hotel is often regarded as being the first design hotel in the world. Everything from the hotel’s bathrooms to the cutlery used to be designed by Jacobsen himself. Although the hotel is no longer the same since the 1960s, it’s still considered to be an important relic of Denmark’s design history.

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Kai is a university student who loves travelling and learning about new cultures. His interests lie in the visual arts such as film, photography, and design. He also practices ashtanga yoga.

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