Industrial aesthetics

An alternative to conventional hotels has now opened in central Copenhagen - a hostel offering inexpensive accommodation combined with cool interiors and a wide range of facilities.

Located in the former headquarters of the Danish Union of Metalworkers, the hostel is ideally situated near Vesterport Station, Copenhagen Central Station and the Lakes. The fact that COR-TEN steel has been used on the facade makes its name – Steel House – even more apt.

The New Yorker-inspired, industrial look characterises the facilities on the ground floor and in the basement. Steel House offers inexpensive accommodation in four or six-bed rooms or in double or single rooms – all of which boast en-suite bathroom and modern interior design. The rooms on the top floor also have access to a private terrace with breathtaking views of the capital.  

Acoustic comfort

The reception is situated on the ground floor, and is surrounded by a café and bar with tables indoors and outside. Here, guests can focus on their work, or enjoy a game of billiards, table football or shuffleboard. There is also a kitchen on the same floor, where guests can prepare meals for themselves. The atmosphere is lively and cosmopolitan, and characterised by considerable diversity among guests.

A sculptural staircase leads down to more facilities below ground level, where there is a relaxing lounge, a gym and a swimming pool where guests can rest and unwind. The ceilings here are clad with black Troldtekt panels, which ensure good acoustics without compromising the stylish interior. The cosy cinema has also been furnished with black Troldtekt panels on both the walls and ceilings, while guests sit on pallet furniture with cushions. 

The refurbishment of the building to create Steel House Copenhagen reflects the hostel’s brand and distinct identity, while the industrial style ensures that it is both inviting and charming. 

Facts

Project:
Steel House Copenhagen, Denmark
Architects:
Arkidé A/S
Client:
Arp-Hansen Hotel Group A/S
Troldtekt Products
Ceiling and wall cladding:
Troldtekt acoustic panels
Colour:
Black
Structure:
Ultrafine (1.0 mm wood wool)
Edge:
5 mm bevelled edges, K5
Installation:
With Troldtekt screws
Text & Photos
Text:
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect
Photos:
Helene Høyer Mikkelsen, architect