Design stories: Scandic CPH Strandpark, Copenhagen

by | 26 Jan 2021 | Design, Opinions

Scandic CPH Strandpark will be a welcome addition to Copenhagen’s hospitality scene (imagery: © Flow Studio)

For our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, Niclas Makowsky, lead architect at Koncept, sheds light on Scandic’s newbuild hotel near Copenhagen Airport, currently under construction and due to open in March 2021.

Showcasing the design expertise of Koncept and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Scandic CPH Strandpark will feature more than 350 rooms, four F&B venues, a grand ballroom, several meeting rooms, co-working spaces and extensive wellness facilities, all within convenient reach of Denmark’s busiest airport.

How did you come to be involved with the project?

Niclas Makowsky, lead architect at Koncept

We have a long history of hotel projects together with Scandic and this was considered a suitable project for us.

What was the design brief from the client?

With a location next to the airport and directly on the seashore, the brief was to build a strong design story on this unique opportunity:

“The new hotel will be much more than an airport hotel. The style and the atmosphere of the hotel shall be connected to the water, ocean view, nature, water activity and Nordic light.”

The goal was to create a warm and welcoming hotel that invites the travelling guest, with great co-working and meeting facilities as well as a relaxed lobby, bar and restaurant.

How did you go about delivering the client’s brief?

We based the interior concept on the ocean seashore, with a relaxed beach feel to all areas in terms of materials, colours and furniture.

What were your main sources of inspiration when designing the project?

The inspiration came from the ocean, the seashore and sustainability in combination with expressing Scandic’s core values, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

What are the most innovative aspects of the project?

All bar units are made of recycled glass in different colours inspired by the ocean. One in darker tones that refers to seaweed and one in blue tones that refers to water.

In the skybar, we have a large illuminated wall made of recycled plastic bottles, and the carpets in the meeting areas are made of recycled fishing nets.

Also, the restaurant has two large ‘fishing cages’ made of wood with sofas inside, and we have some wooden pergolas in the ceiling that refer to lighter beach structures and wooden boat docks.

Which element of the project’s design are you most proud of?

It’s hard to choose just one single feature. I think the combined feel and expression of all areas has made this a strong interior concept.

What was the biggest challenge with the project?

The Covid pandemic has restricted our time onsite during the build, which has made it harder to check and correct before the final result.

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Koncept is an architecture and design agency founded in 1996. For clients with different visions and business strategies, the company has completed projects in more than 20 countries.