Housed in the former Danish Post and Telegraph office, the Villa Copenhagen which dates back to 1912, the 390-room hotel signals a ‘new social scene’ for the Danish capital, offering conscious, approachable luxury complemented by intuitive and personalised service. Incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into its overall strategy, the hotel takes full responsibility for its impact on the planet, which is why durable, water-conserving and beautiful AXOR products were chosen for the bathrooms.
Villa Copenhagen was designed by London-based practice Universal Design Studio. The rooms are designed to offer a moment of escape and slowing down, a connection to the beauty of Copenhagen. Hand-crafted Zellige tiles, an internal window of textured glass, and custom marble vanity units feature alongside AXOR fittings, finished in Chrome and Brushed Black Chrome, an exclusive AXOR FinishPlus surface: “We used the Montreux collection because we were looking for a product that had a heritage feeling, but was still contemporary, especially using the black chrome finish,” says Richard McConkey, Interior Architect, Universal Design Studio.
The presence of bespoke AXOR Montreux basin and bath taps in the hotel’s eight Shamballa suites deserves special mention. The suites, designed by Danish luxury brand Shamballa Jewels, convey an atmosphere of luxurious warmth, laid-back tranquility, and exciting contrast. In the bathrooms, the Shamballa team worked closely with AXOR Signature, the customisation service of AXOR, to create bejeweled handles—cast as double thunderbolts, the symbol of Shamballa—for the taps. The handles are inlaid with ruby and sapphire to represent hot and cold water; they express perfectly the AXOR commitment to individualisation and personal luxury. “AXOR were really open to approaching this almost unachievable and bespoke vision with both care and attentiveness. It was extremely helpful to have the team from Germany helping us with the technical aspects, producing prototypes, and always with quality from the start. We have built good memories and strong relationships through the whole process of working with AXOR,” Olga Krukovskaya, Architect, Shamballa Jewels, recalls.
All AXOR fixtures at Villa Copenhagen help the hotel achieve its high sustainability goals. AXOR even developed a special shower system design featuring its water-conserving EcoSmart technology. “In Scandinavia, there are, and rightly so, very tight water flow rate specifications that we needed to adhere to for the project. AXOR have been excellent in helping us meet those criteria,” Richard McConkey, Head of Hospitality & Associate Director at Universal Design Studio explains. Rather than compromising the guest experience, such resource-saving measures enhance the experience instead. Indeed, that’s what conscious luxury is all about. Joyful, inclusive, and sustainable, Villa Copenhagen is a perfect match for the city with which it shares a name.