Arne Jacobsen designed the SAS House, a high-rise hotel with 275 rooms and airline terminal in Copenhagen for the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). It opened in 1960.
Jacobsen believed in a total design approach where everything – exterior, interior, furniture, finishes and fittings – were all designed as a ‘complete environment’.
Over the years, the building slowly lost the character and detail of Jacobsen’s design. While it is still a hotel with airline offices, and the exterior retains its original character, the interiors have been completely stripped of the original Jacobsen design, having been totally redesigned and refitted numerous times over the years.
Except for one room – Room 606. This room has been preserved and restored and now maintained with the original design, its character, furniture, fittings, fabrics and finishes reflecting Jacobsen’s intent and the quality that all the rooms, and the building as a whole, once embodied.
Jacobsen designed the rooms to bring the sky in – the blue-green palette on the walls heightens this effect, with the room then anchored by timber panelling up to window sill level. Furniture and fittings (this is where the Swan and Egg chairs came from) all designed by Arne Jacobsen complete the composition.
You can read a more detailed story in Icon Magazine. There is also a fantastic book published by Phaidon titled ‘ROOM 606‘ that chronicles the history of the project showing design drawings, construction images and images of the newly renovated room (some of which have been used in this post).
Place: Radison Blue Royal Hotel (formerly SAS House) – look for the Arne Jacobsen package
Architect: Arne Jacobsen
Photographer: Paul Warchol, Arne Jacobsen, Aage Stuwing
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