Located in the middle of pulsating Copenhagen lies the gem, Nobis Hotel Copen-hagen. On a sunny fall day in September, we were invited to go on a private house tour of the stunning hotel. We met with Søren Jacobsen, the Community Manager at Nobis. Part of Nobis Hospitality Group, this five-star hotel has a story to tell and a stunning location to tell it in. The building was built in 1903 and is one of the first cement buildings in all of Copenhagen. The building hosted The Royal Danish Academy of Music which has lefts its footprint on the interior.
The façade of the building itself is home to beautiful decorations with inspiration drawn from Ancient Greece. We looked at the building for, perhaps, much too long, but it felt almost like travelling back in time. Integrated into the cement work are columns which appears to be inspired by ionic columns known for symbolising wis-dom. Fitting for housing a school and now for housing guests for leisure- and business endeavours.
Outside in their courtyard Nobis has integrated a biodynamic garden and takes ad-vantage of their location by hosting various events. They are planning to have jazz musicians play outside as part of Copenhagen Jazz Festival which, again, mingles perfectly with the history of the building. Every single detail has been meticulously thought about, so much so that even the key cards have sound waves, the numbers outside the rooms are inspired by music notes, and music is playing in the entirety of the hotel.
Søren Jacobsen mentioned how important it is for Nobis to keep the story of the building as part of the hotel experience. This was something which we were very fascinated with, how vital it was for Nobis to keep the history of the building as a fo-cal point in all interior design elements.
Walking into Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is at first overwhelming. The grand marble staircase, which might be the most famous stairs in all of Copenhagen, is filled with history. All throughout the hotel the aesthetics are continuous and part of every single little nook of the hotel. We kept being astonished by how visually pleasing it was to walk around. Since the students at the school used to run up and down the marble stairs, they have been worn down, but Nobis decided to leave this un-touched and let it be part of the atmosphere. It now serves as the epicentre of Nobis Hotel Copenhagen.
It is evident that Nobis Hotel Copenhagen cares deeply about the structure and integrity of the building. Danish design elements are present in every room and the attention to detail in all aspects of the hotel is impeccable. Light brown leather chairs, grey marble bathrooms and stunning lamps are just some of the interior de-sign elements which are unique to the hotel. Mainly eight colours are on display with two being the focal colours of the rooms and the pantone selection of Nobis is highly in touch with Denmark and the Danish design culture. The rooms are painted in either blue or green and those colours change depending on the Sun’s placement on the sky at any given time. This, in combination with stunning windows, gives light in an extraordinary way. How so? The sunlight shines through and cascades in the rooms as waves, giving a sense of calmness. This light is also apparent on the marble stairs, marble bathrooms and The Marble Bar at Nobis, and the combination of the stunning marble and wonderful sunlight is one-of-a-kind and a near-and-dear part of Nobis Hotel Copenhagen. When we first walked into one of the marble bathrooms, the first thing out of our mouths were, wow. Just wow at how stunning the marble looks with the sunlight. It is easy to understand why this particular location was chosen to be the sight for the hotel
Architecture & Design
The architecture and design of most of the hotel is done by Gert Wingårdh, a well-renowned Swedish architect who ensured that the history of the site stayed intact and became an integral part of the hotel. A consistent aspect of Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is the marble. The marble is from Italy and adds a sense of grandeur all throughout the hotel and enhances the entire experience of the hotel. However, it is also important, especially for Søren Jacobsen, to have locally sourced products in the hotel. Currently, they have eternity bouquets from a Danish florist, they serve beer from a microbrewery from Greve, and are collaborating with Danish design-giant Georg Jensen to supply them with Christmas ornaments. Moreover, they are looking into Danish design for the staff to wear at Nobis Hotel Copenhagen. It is important for them to aid in sustaining the Danish market and let it be a part of their DNA. One thing is for sure, we will visit Nobis this Christmas to see not only the ornaments but the Christmas tree. Most likely, we will venture down to NOI, their restaurant, and get a glass, or two, of the nature wine, and perhaps share a meal. Either way, this will not be our last adventure to Nobis Hotel Copenhagen.
The red thread throughout all Nobis Hospitality Group is creating hotels in historic buildings and using the stories from the past as inspiration and integration into the new hotels. Bringing the past into the present and withstanding for the future.
We left Nobis Hotel Copenhagen with a deep-rooted feeling of calmness. And yet, one question remained on our minds. We had noticed that several heads are float-ing on the façade of Nobis. Who do these heads belong to? We simply could not figure it out. If you know, please tell us and we will send a little something from our collection.