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”It squeezes all the advantages of a capital city into somewhere small, cosy and friendly”

With a background in psychology and a sideways move into menswear design, Englishman Graham Addinall is now the Fashion Director at Copenhagen-based Dossier Magazine. He moved to Copenhagen from England 15 years ago, and has taken his adoptive city to heart ever since — and has bought a great kitchen table.

My favourite thing that makes me proud of this city:
That it squeezes all the advantages of a capital city into somewhere small, cosy and friendly.  And the food scene is awesome.

My favourite weekend routine: 
Saturday morning is toast and marmalade in the kitchen, having time to listen to my ‘Discover Weekly’ on Spotify, not getting dressed until 11.00. Then keeping local to Vesterbro for shopping, eating, drinking and meeting up with friends. At the other end of the weekend – a pre-dinner gin and tonic on Sunday evening and a catch up on English soap operas.

My favourite cultural spot:
Louisiana Museum of Art. An obvious but inescapable choice.

Louisiana

My favourite place for dining out:
Impossible to say just one and it changes all the time but you can’t beat Spaghetteria, Kødbyens Fiskebaren and Italo Disco. Then Frank when I’m feeling a bit fancy.

My favourite place for a creative or business meeting:
My kitchen table.  Or Louise Roe Gallery if I want to be more sociable.

My favourite breakfast place:
My kitchen table is getting too much attention here so I’ll say pastries outside Brød in Enghave Plads.

My favourite city escape:
Berlin.

Kødbyens Fiskebaren

My favourite local entrepreneur or creative:
The 11o book and magazine store in Tullingsgade.

My favourite hotel for a staycation: 
Hotel Sanders.

My favourite route for a run or walk:
I only run if I have a bus to catch (which is never).  For a walk during summer though, you can’t do better than a circuit of the harbour taking in Islands Brygge, Christianshavn and back along Kalvebod Brygge.

My favourite place for fashion: 
Rue de Tokyo and Acne.

My favourite space for great design:
Paustian.

Paustian

My favourite local media: 
Dossier, of course!

My favourite thing at home:
My hubby, my book collection and that kitchen table…

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Leading Scandinavian architecture firms 3XN and Link amplify Copenhagen hospital

Rigshospitalet, based in central Copenhagen, opened it’s newly built north wing earlier this week. The design is the result of a close collaboration between Norwegian LINK, Danish 3XN and Swedish Sweco, making for a remarkable Scandinavian architectural coalition.

In order to blend in with its central Copenhagen surroundings the facade is draped in glass and natural light stone material, and the side of the building that faces residential blocks is lower than the higher side that faces the hospital.

The new section is simple yet effectively built on a series of folded V-structures all tied together by a transversal link. This ensures optimal logistics and proximity between the hospital’s different units and therefore minimizing the walking distances for hospital staff.

The glass laden building front faces Fælledparken and make for natural views for staff and patients. This also means a lot of natural light that will light up the green hospital wing.

— We are happy to inaugurate the new wing, which marks a major step for a more contemporary and spacious Rigshospital. We’ve have had a constructive collaboration with architects, engineers and interior designers, staff and patient needs, says hospital director Per Christiansen in a statement.

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TheKrane is Copenhagen’s ultimate social distancing getaway retreat

In Nordhavn, one of Copenhagen’s last remaining industrial harbor sites, an old coal crane has been refurbished into a luxury one-room two-person hotel. If you’re keen on an elegant Nordic minimalist hotel experience free from breakfast buffé queues, look no further.

Originally built in 1944, the former industrial crane was meant for loading and unloading raw materials to and from cargo ships that entered Nordhavn (the North Harbour) before its transformation. When owner Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller started working on the idea of the hotel, they realized that they had to take advantage of every inch of the old crane.

— The hotel room is located on the top of The Krane in what used to be the old engine room with cogwheels, metal wires, iron, steel and brawn. The old wheelhouse (where the guy operating the crane would sit) hangs directly above the water at 15 metres. The wheelhouse is now an astonishing lounge and lookout with a cosy daybed and floor to ceiling window facing Svanemøllen, the marina and Tuborg Harbour on the opposite side of the water, says head of communications Nicki Lykke.

The hotel also packs a spa located in an old shipping container eight meters above the ground, but thanks to its size it’s only accessible by the hotel guests. The idea of a one-room, two person hotel is perhaps more suitable than ever. Denmark has not established the most stringent of Corona related restrictions, and their borders are starting to open up to many countries. 

— We’ve of course felt a decline in bookings like everyone else. However, in these times of isolation more Danish guests have shown an interest in the staycation concept and self-pampering – and what better place to do it than here? Nicki Lykke wonders.