건축 회사 Arcgency는 코펜하겐 항구에 있는 산업용 석탄 기중기를 고급 2 인 투숙이 가능한 호텔룸으로 탈바꿈시켰다. 덴마크의 수도에서 개조 공사를 마친 노르 버그 (Nordhavn) 가장자리에 위치한 크레인 (Krane)은 해안가에 자리 잡고 있으며 계단을 통해 접근할 수 있다. 다층 구조로써, 1층엔 접수처와 함께 유리로 둘러싸인 미팅룸이 있고 2층에는 스파와 테라스가, 그리고 최상층에는 라운지와 테라스가 완비된 호텔 객실 및 거실 공간이 있다.
전체적으로 검은색 공간인 이 곳은 가죽, 목재, 석재 및 강철로 된 맞춤 제작품 및 빌트인 가구로 꾸며져 있다.
Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreat.
Located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark's capital, The Krane sits on the waterfront and accessed by a drawbridge-like staircase.
The multi-tiered structure comprises a reception area on the ground floor and a glass-walled meeting room on the first floor.
A spa and terrace is found on the second floor, and a hotel room/living space complete with a lounge and terrace make up the top floor. Each area is available for hire separately.
The 50-metre-square Krane Room living space that sits at the top of the structure features a minimal all-black interior – a reference to the coal that the crane used to carry.
The black space is furnished with built-in furniture, as well as custom-made pieces in leather, wood, stone and steel.
"Black plays a pivotal role in muting and minimising visual distractions so people feel almost enveloped in the interior," said lead architect Mads Møller of Arcgency. "There are hundreds of different shades of black. Depending on the time of day, you can see so many subtle nuances."
Describing the retreat as "an immersive, multi-sensory experience", Møller said the focus was on "the integration of sensations – sight, sound and stemning (the Danish word for atmosphere)".
The Krane Room benefits from wrap-around windows that frame views over Copenhagen, across the harbour and out to sea.
"Natural light directly affects how we feel in a space and our happiness overall," said Møller. "So we optimised the inside to capture natural daylight and set the stage for the views of the water outside."
"The water is probably 80 per cent of The Krane experience," he added. "In Denmark, during the summer we have longer days of sunlight from about 5am till 10pm. Along the coastline, the light is very soft and diffused. From inside The Krane, even stormy weather looks amazing."
Below the womb-like Krane Room, the spa is clad in grey stone from floor to ceiling. An immense glass wall provides an expansive view of the harbour and the sea, which guests can admire while relaxing in one of the spa's two bath tubs.
The Krane's owner, Klaus Kastbjerg, is the developer behind numerous other waterfront projects in the city including an apartment building in a former grain silo.
"The harbour came with two cranes," said Kastbjerg. "When [furniture brand and restaurant] Paustian first opened its doors, they were having a big reception and the architect Jørn Utzon, who also designed the Sydney Opera House, asked if we could please move the crane to a more beautiful position."