Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

Coordinates: 55°40′30″N 12°33′47″E / 55.67500°N 12.56306°E / 55.67500; 12.56306
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Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
General information
LocationHammerichsgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Coordinates55°40′30″N 12°33′47″E / 55.67500°N 12.56306°E / 55.67500; 12.56306
Opening1 July 1960; 63 years ago (1 July 1960)[1]
ManagementRadisson Hospitality AB (part of Radisson Hotel Group)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Arne Jacobsen
Official hotel website

The Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen is a historic hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The hotel was designed by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen for the airline Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). It was opened on July 1, 1960 by King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid as the Royal Hotel. It was also known as the SAS Royal Hotel. The hotel was renamed the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in 1994, when SAS signed a joint marketing agreement with Radisson Hotels.[3] When SAS and Radisson ceased the marketing agreement in February 2009,[4] the hotel remained with Radisson and was renamed the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. On March 6, 2018 it was renamed Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen.[5] In 2019, the name was modified slightly, to Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen.

At its completion the hotel was the largest in Denmark. At 69.60 meters in height, it was the first skyscraper in Copenhagen, and until 1969, the tallest high-rise building in Denmark.[2] In 2009, it was the country's seventh-highest tower.


The entire hotel – from the exterior façade through to the stainless-steel cutlery used in the restaurant and the Swan and Egg chairs gracing the lobby – was designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Since most of his work has been replaced by corporate standard fabrics and furniture, the hotel has been referred to as Jacobsens' Lost Gesamtkunstwerk. Only a single room has been kept in the original design. It has all of the original, green furniture and the wood panels on the wall. This room, with the number 606,[6] is no longer available for booking but guests can request a tour.[7]

Shades of green dominate the entire design. Jacobsen, who was also working as a landscape architect 1955-1960, pursued a "modern garden" theme. He implemented this theme using green textiles and furniture combined with "organic shapes" and rigid geometric forms.[7]

Jacobsen has created several furniture, lighting and textile designs. Some models were later adopted into mass production and have become design classics, which are exhibited in museums worldwide. Others, however, remained unique pieces.

During the design phase sketches of the building were published in Danish newspapers. Critics feared a destruction of the traditional skyline of Copenhagen. The building was compared to a punch card. Jacobsen's response was, "it’s funny, for that is actually what it looks like when the windows are open on a hot summer’s day." Another term used was introduced by Jacobsen's former associate Erik Møller, who called it the "glass cigarbox". The promoter of the international style, Philip C. Johnson, said it was the worst copy of Lever House. Jacobsen responded: "At least, it came in first when they held a competition for the ugliest building in Copenhagen."[8]


Structure of the hotel: (1) tower (2) lower building (3) roof of the winter garden (4) roof of the airline terminal

The structure is twenty stories high and a defining characteristic of Copenhagen's skyline. The structure was inspired by New York Park Avenue structures, namely Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Lever House. The building's sense of lightness emanates from its Lever House-inspired form with a two-story base supporting its lofty "punch card" tower.

The reinforced concrete frame structure erected in the tower has a curtain wall of aluminum profiles and transparent green and gray anodized glass. The windows can be opened to the inside stories in all.[9] The horizontal distance between the aluminum profiles is 60 cm. Vertical take turns green glass followed by 168 cm 120 cm window is installed. The curtain wall construction Jacobsen at the three-story City Hall was first used in 1955 Rødovre Denmark. The hotel façade differs only from the City Hall by the light-green colour of the intermediate elements and some slightly different proportions.[10]


It is located in the heart of the city, in the Vesterbro district, close to Tivoli and Copenhagen Central Station. On a road island outside the hotel is the "Freedom Statue", commemorating the abolition of serfdom in Denmark.



  1. ^ http://www.rezidor.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=205430&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1431739&highlight= [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Radisson SAS Royal Hotel". Emporis. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ McDowell, Edwin (12 August 1994). "COMPANY NEWS; Radisson and SAS Form Hotel Pact". The New York Times.
  4. ^ https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2009/02/04/17716/0/en/RADISSON-SAS-HOTELS-AND-RESORTS-TO-CHANGE-THEIR-NAME-TO-RADISSON-BLU.htmlM [dead link]
  5. ^ "Radisson Hotel Group Announces Radisson Collection Brand".
  6. ^ Koukalová, Eliška (2020-08-31). "SAS Royal Hotel: Arne Jacobsen's masterpiece". DesignVille. Retrieved 2023-03-04.
  7. ^ a b Michael Sheridan 2003: The SAS House: Jacobsen's Lost Gesamtkunstwerk, in: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Arne Jacobsen. Absolutely Modern p44–49
  8. ^ Jeff Chu: Happy Birthday, Arne Jacobsen in Time
  9. ^ Christian Datz, Christof Kullmann, Martin Nicholas Kunz 2005: Copenhagen Architecture & Design, teNeues, ISBN 3-8327-9077-2. S. 134
  10. ^ Jørgen Sestoft and Jørgen Hegner Christiansen. Guide to Danish Architecture: 1000 to 1960. Copenhagen: Arkitektens Forlag, 1991. 257

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