Nobis Hotel Copenhagen: Neoclassicism meets contemporary design

Journal / Nobis Hotel Copenhagen: Neoclassicism meets contemporary design   More information

Today the Nobis Hotel opens in Copenhagen after a comprehensive renovation of the entire building by Wingårdh Architects. The interior design is a balance between preservation and innovation. The result is a hotel in which freestanding and custom-designed furniture feature prominently.

At Niels Brocks Gade 1 in Copenhagen stands a building that has attracted many an admiring gaze. The magnificent original building was designed in 1903 for an insurance company, and was later home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music. After standing vacant for an extended period, the building now welcomes the Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, which is opening today.

Wingårdh Architects has redesigned the interior of the hotel. With a painstakingly deft touch they’ve preserved the neoclassicism of the old building: the well-to-do elegance, the spaciousness, the beautiful details. At the same time, some new features have been added with the renovation based on a combination of clean lines with playful furniture and color elements. Vivid blue-green tones have been introduced into the seventy-seven guest rooms, with additions to the original décor clearly articulated as freestanding objects. The materials are sourced directly from nature: marble, wood, leather, and wool. Much of the interiors have been custom designed to realize Nobis’s mission of providing a warm and relaxed hotel environment.

“By basing our work on Nobis’s own visions for the new hotel and on the given conditions of the site, the design of the interior becomes integral to the project as a whole,” says Helena Toresson, an interior designer at Wingårdh Architects. “That creates a fidelity to the project concept that would have been impossible to achieve if we had relied on off-the-shelf furniture.”

The guest rooms feature custom-designed steel-framed beds combined with wardrobes, stools, benches, and desks made from wood and natural leather. Here the art that usually hangs on the walls lies instead on the floors, incorporated into the expressive woolen rugs found on every level. The bathrooms have freestanding vanity cabinets with coordinating mirrors. And in the lobby the guests are met by a reception desk of cast concrete, a reference to the fact that the original building was one of the first to be constructed of the material. From the lobby, the monumental staircase has been extended downward, leading to the restaurant. The courtyard wing is an addition from the 1960s that is now clad in copper sheeting and glass, the irregular pattern varying in both length and width in an homage to Le Cobusier’s convent La Tourette. Inside the restaurant are tables and bar counters that have been custom-designed for Nobis.

Project in Brief
Client: Nobis AB
Type: Interior renovation
Site: Niels Brocks Gade 1, Copenhagen
Size: 5,500 sq m
Program: 77 guest rooms, restaurant with seating for 80, spa, two conference rooms, one chambre séparée.

Read more

Wingårdhs’ designed Concepció by Nobis is now open for business – in the heart of Palma

07 Jul 2021

Wingårdhs designs new hotel in the heart of Palma de Mallorca

13 Apr 2021

Wingårdhs designed Scandic Landvetter opens its gates this spring

13 Jan 2021

Wingårdhs wants to turn sleepy fish harbor into new city district

22 Sep 2020

FRESHER – a new chapter in the Wingårdhs saga

09 Sep 2020

Wingårdhs and AIA Architects compete in Lyon

30 Jan 2020

Positano aperitif bar: a new collaboration between Monica Förster and Wingårdhs

13 Jan 2020

Wingårdhs opens a verdant street-level space in Gothenburg

12 Nov 2019

Wingårdhs designs office interiors in Sweden’s first skyscraper

17 Oct 2019

Wingårdhs is designing Sandqvist’s flagship in Paris

15 Oct 2019

The golden pentagon in Angered: a direct result of the collaboration between the Young Urban Developers and Wingårdhs

20 Aug 2019

Wingårdhs turns recycled fabric into a high-rising, interactive art installation at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg

08 Aug 2019

Blique by Nobis has opened its doors

25 Apr 2019

Wingårdhs designs new chair for Gärsnäs

11 Apr 2019

Blique by Nobis opening soon

07 Mar 2019

Wingårdhs designs a new collection for Gemla

20 Feb 2019

Wingårdhs wins a land allocation agreement in Falsterbo

19 Feb 2019

Wingårdhs, JSB, and SBU merge to form a single company

18 Feb 2019

Malmö Saluhall and Nationalmuseum nominated for the Kasper Salin Prize

01 Feb 2019

Wingårdhs and Midroc Win a Land Allocation Agreement Competition in Ängelholm

17 Jan 2019

Zanat Tattoo Chair: Wingårdhs First Chair Is Here

14 Jan 2019

Nationalmuseum wins the 2018 Stone Prize

29 Nov 2018

Wingårdh Architects and Ingegerd Råman launch a lighting collection for Örsjö

27 Nov 2018

Wingårdh and Wikerstål Named Concrete Architects of the Year

23 Nov 2018

New chapter in Gert Wingårdh book series – Villa Hansson

15 Nov 2018

Wingårdh Architects starts a podcast together with Form magazine

14 Nov 2018

Wingårdh Architects designs the World Ocean Headquarters

09 Oct 2018

Wingårdh’s renovation of Nationalmuseum is finished, opening again after five years of work

09 Oct 2018

Eight Projects: From Liljevalchs to Nationalmuseum, by Gert Wingårdh

11 Sep 2018

Wingårdhs x Radisson Collection Strand Hotel

11 Sep 2018

Gert Wingårdh featured in an exhibition at Strandverket

30 Aug 2018

Villa Kristina, part two in the series of books on Wingårdh’s private homes

09 May 2018

Wingårdh and AART together win the competition to design one of Sweden’s largest secondary schools

12 Apr 2018

Wingårdh wins the 2018 Glass Prize for Umestan

12 Apr 2018

Wingårdh has designed the interior of Nobis Hotel’s new restaurant, Noi

15 Mar 2018

Tak Named “Best New Restaurant” in Wallpaper*!

11 Jan 2018

SEB + Wingårdh = Sweden’s best-looking office!

09 Nov 2017

Midroc and Wingårdhs win a land allocation agreement competition in Malmö

07 Nov 2017

Nobis Hotel Copenhagen: Neoclassicism meets contemporary design

12 Oct 2017

Wingårdh wins architecture competition for new office building in Krokslätt

14 Sep 2017

The Strand brasserie opens today

06 Sep 2017

Urban Design Prize Awarded to Malmö’s New Market Hall

01 Sep 2017

Ground broken for the addition to Liljevalchs Konsthall

23 Aug 2017