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Black Beauty: The Krane in Copenhagen


If you‘ve ever painted anything white, then you’ll have seen that there is an overwhelming selection of white options out there! The same can be said for the other end of the spectrum, black. Instead of agonizing over the “perfect black” (which it's an easy trap to fall into when there are so many options!), Copenhagen architecture firm, Arcgency, embraced every shade of black in their spectacular project, The Krane.


Built on Copenhagen’s Nordhaven harbour, The Krane is a marvel of industrial repurposing. Arcgency transformed an abandoned coal crane into a luxury retreat! The structure is all business on the main floor with a glass-walled boardroom and lobby. The second floor has a private spa with soaker tubs positioned perfectly to watch the comings and goings of the surrounding harbour. And, to top it all off, the third floor has everything an executive suite should have, including a lounge and ocean view terrace. 


The Crane’s interior is all black, on black, on black. Used as a reference to the harbour’s coal shipping past, Mads Møller, the project’s lead architect says, regarding the midnight shade, "Black plays a pivotal role in muting and minimizing visual distractions so people feel almost enveloped in the interior." Sounds like the kind of suite we’d love to stay at because, as the popular saying goes, once you go black, you never go back. Well, in the case of The Krane, you'd never want to leave!


If you liked this design post you should also check out The Ant House and The Forest House!

Todd Mitchell

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