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Old harbor crane turned into luxury retreat, complete with spa

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The Krane is located in Copenhagen's Nordhavn harbor, a site undergoing significant regeneration at the moment
The Krane is located in Copenhagen's Nordhavn harbor, a site undergoing significant regeneration at the moment
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The Krane was previously used for loading coal
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The Krane was previously used for loading coal
The Krane's private retreat is finished in black, which was inspired by the crane's past as a coal loader
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The Krane's private retreat is finished in black, which was inspired by the crane's past as a coal loader
View across the harbor from the Krane's meeting room
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View across the harbor from the Krane's meeting room
The Krane is located in Nordhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark 
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The Krane is located in Nordhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark 
The Krane's refurbishment was handled by Arcgency
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The Krane's refurbishment was handled by Arcgency
The Krane comprises four floors
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The Krane comprises four floors
The Krane's top floor offers great views of the Nordhavn harbor
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The Krane's top floor offers great views of the Nordhavn harbor
The Krane's living quarters measure a total of 50 sq m (538 sq ft)
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The Krane's living quarters measure a total of 50 sq m (538 sq ft)
The Krane's kitchenette and storage space is hidden in this unit
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The Krane's kitchenette and storage space is hidden in this unit
The Krane's living quarters are laid-out like a small apartment and includes a main living area, double bed, bathroom, shower, and a dining table
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The Krane's living quarters are laid-out like a small apartment and includes a main living area, double bed, bathroom, shower, and a dining table
The Krane's spa
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The Krane's spa
The Krane's spa includes two baths and plenty of glazing to check out the landscape
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The Krane's spa includes two baths and plenty of glazing to check out the landscape
The Krane's spa is located on the third floor
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The Krane's spa is located on the third floor
The Krane's meeting room
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The Krane's meeting room
The Krane was previously used for loading coal
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The Krane was previously used for loading coal
Nordhavn harbor is currently undergoing significant redevelopment
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Nordhavn harbor is currently undergoing significant redevelopment
Each of the Krane's spaces is available to rent, separately
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Each of the Krane's spaces is available to rent, separately
The Krane's terrace areas offer great views of the Nordhavn harbor
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The Krane's terrace areas offer great views of the Nordhavn harbor
Top-down view of the Krane
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Top-down view of the Krane
Inside the Krane's private retreat
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Inside the Krane's private retreat
Inside the Krane's meeting room
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Inside the Krane's meeting room
The Krane is located in Copenhagen's Nordhavn harbor, a site undergoing significant regeneration at the moment
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The Krane is located in Copenhagen's Nordhavn harbor, a site undergoing significant regeneration at the moment
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Here's something you don't see every day. Arcgency has transformed an old industrial crane in a Copenhagen harbor into something far more luxurious. Named the Krane, it has a plush multi-level interior that includes a spa, meeting room, sleeping quarters and lots of outdoor terrace space.

The Krane is accessed from a first floor reception area, which appears to be made from a repurposed shipping container – given the firm's past output, this makes sense. Climbing up the stairs, visitors reach a meeting room on the second floor that's surrounded by glazing.

Another set of stairs reveals the third floor. Here lies a large outdoor terrace area and a spa, which includes a couple of baths and a shower. The spa also has generously-proportioned windows, offering choice views of Nordhavn harbor, a site undergoing significant regeneration at the moment.

Up on the very top lies the private quarters, which measures 50 sq m (538 sq ft) and is suitable for two people. The interior is finished in black, as a nod to the crane's past as a coal loader. It includes a lounge area, double bed, bathroom, and a dining table. A kitchenette is tucked away within a storage unit and the room also has its own terrace.

Inside the Krane's private retreat
Inside the Krane's private retreat

"The Krane involved a 360-degree inside/outside approach," says Arcgency's Mads Møller. "Natural light directly affects how we feel in a space and our happiness overall. So we optimized the inside to capture natural daylight and set the stage for the views of the water outside.

Curating the perfect materials and carefully calibrating how the light reflects the surfaces and how that impacts the way people perceive their surroundings. Then there's the water outside. The water is probably 80 percent of the Krane experience."

The Krane's meeting room, spa and private retreat are available to rent separately, though we've no word on prices or availability.

Source: Arcgency

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2 comments
TomWatson
Where the hell is the living room? A lot of steps, but cool.
JimFox
BLACK interior- no thanks! Bad, bad choice; light and space are synonymous, this is a dismal depressing space.