Over the years we’re used to seeing all manner of weird and wonderful buildings, equipment, and vehicles turned into living spaces, but surely you can’t do that with an old coal crane? Oh hang on……
THEKRANE (as it’s actually named) is an aesthetic oasis amidst an industrial landscape on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbour’s under renovation in Copenhagen. Spearheaded by visionary owner Klaus Kastbjerg and architect / master builder Mads Møller from Arcgency, the concept builds on its dark past as a crane for loading coal by using black as the colour scheme throughout.
Fostering a soothing sense of serenity inside this multi-tiered structure comprised of a reception area on the ground floor, a meeting room called the Glass Box on the first floor, a spa and terrace on the second floor, and a private retreat on top called the Krane Room with a lounge and terrace offering panoramic views over the Danish capital.
All floors are available to hire separately or altogether.
In addition to its allusions to coal, black plays a pivotal role in muting and minimising visual distractions so people feel almost enveloped in the interior. At the same time, black dramatizes the changing light and breath-taking views outside.
Leather, wood, stone and steel are just some of the noble materials you’ll see in the furniture, designs and decor details. Not only is the furniture custom-made to fit the concept and the dimensions, the interior is constructed so the primary pieces disappear - with the beds, seating and cupboards integrated into wall panels and the functional pieces hidden away. The result is an extra element of discovery, where objects become like sculptures in a stunning still life. Everything is handcrafted by artisans in homage to Denmark’s expertise in craftsmanship.
You can check out Arcgency’s website here.