If you’re looking accommodation in Copenhagen, here is the city’s newest and strangest place to stay. We’re talking about one-bedroom “hotel” named The Krane, set in an actual crane, built in 1944.
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. This hotel, or crane incorporates 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.
Balanced vertiginously about 50ft above the ground, The Krane’s bedroom is an essay in elegant Nordic minimalism, and features 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. As the architect of its redevelopment Mads Moller of Arcagency has noted, there are “hundreds of different shades of black”, the room’s prevailing colour.
Below is the spa which 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.
Suitably calmed, residents can better focus on the views, which stretch as far as Sweden. Indeed you can see the bridge that connects the two counties across the Oresund from the shower.