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October 3, 2017

Stay in Copenhagen’s Epic Modernist Hotel

It doesn’t get much better than Skt. Petri

  • Written by Alexandra Pereira

Skt. Petri is an epic boutique hotel in the city’s Latin quarter with a sprawling terrace, exquisite dining and the finest in-house art collection in Copenhagen. It’s the perfect pitstop for design-lovers and anyone wanting easy access to the city’s best museums, galleries, restaurants and bars.

The building – a listed landmark in the Danish capital – was designed by architect trailblazer of the 20th century, Vilhelm Lauritzen for its first life as the Daells Varehus department store. It was Denmark’s first Modernist structure, before Lauritzen went on to build plenty more, including Copenhagen’s first airport and the Radiohuset broadcasting house. His table lamps from the 1930s, manufactured by Louis Poulsen, continue to spark interest at auctions today.

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Like The Thief in Oslo, this Copenhagen bolthole’s curatorial game is strong – with a collection curated by Sune Nordgren that includes Louisiana Museum solo exhibitor Tal R’s colourful prints, time-travel inspired sculptures from Bjørn Nørgaard and work from Superflex (who are the next collective to be taking over the Tate Turbine Hall later this year). Famous Danish photographer Soren Solkaer (who shot iconic images of Björk and David Lynch) lived at the hotel this past summer staging an ongoing art project/installation featuring a mix of Danish talent.

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Always thinking of functionality, design and the future, the hotel recently underwent a multi-million kroner renovation by architect Hilde Aasbø of the award-winning Norwegian design studio Anemone Wille Våge. From the ‘60s conversation pit of emerald sofas to the courtyard with its wood fire pizza oven (try the rosemary potato and goat’s cheese) and a fine dining restaurant (brunch on mimosas and vast smørrebrød platters), the aesthetics at Skt Petri challenge typical Scandinavian minimalism with bold uses of colour and accenting.

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Rooms start at GBP 152 in low season. sktpetri.com

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