THEKRANE is an aesthetic haven in the middle of a raw industrial landscape on the edge of Nordhavn – one of the last harbours in the capital to undergo a transformation. The concept is developed by the visionary owner Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller from Arcgency and is based on the crane's previous function and history as a coal crane. The unusual multi-storey construction consists of a reception on the ground floor, a first-floor meeting room, a spa and a terrace on the second floor, and a hotel room at the top with a lounge and a terrace. The hotel room can also be booked as a meeting room.
Leather, wood, stone, and steel are some of the materials used in the furniture, design, and decor. The furniture is custom made to suit the concept and the dimensions and is a testament to good Danish craftsmanship. All of it reflects the Danish less-is-more approach to luxury, where everything extraneous is eliminated. With its unusual industrial structure, THEKRANE offers unconventional luxury that is sophisticated yet down to earth; raw, yet refined. The black colour is a reference to coal and a tribute to the crane's past. At the same time, the black interior plays an important role in minimising visual distractions. The subdued, dark surroundings and the large panoramic windows act like a picture frame for the breathtaking views of Copenhagen and the sea.
»Natural light directly affects how we feel in a space and our sense of happiness. That's why we optimised the inside to capture natural daylight and set the stage for the views of the water outside. In Denmark, during the summer, we have longer days with sunlight from about 5 AM to 10 PM. Along the coastline, the light is very soft and diffused. From inside THEKRANE, all whether looks amazing – even storm,« explains Mads Møller.
Mads Møller is also behind projects like The Vipp Shelter, Absalon Church, and the container offices Stack I & II that are next to THEKRANE.
While other cities often end up wiping out the interesting historical layers when renovating their old industrial areas, THEKRANE celebrates its past.
»It is rare to find a harbour like this in Denmark. Nordhavn still has an industrial look that attracts entrepreneurs and artists,« says Klaus Kastbjerg. »New buildings do not have the same charm or narrative. Therefore, we have preserved the raw industrial feel and added something unexpected: an old engine room is now an exclusive retreat where you can drink champagne with spectacular views,« he adds.
Klaus Kastbjerg is also behind several other spectacular converted industrial buildings in Nordhavn, such as THE SILO, luxury apartments in an old grain silo, The Signing Room, a meeting room in the harbour's other old coal crane, and Stack I and II, office buildings built by old shipping containers.
THEKRANE showcases high-profile Danish brands within lifestyle and design, selected for their signature style, exquisite quality, and impeccable craftsmanship.
Some of the people and companies who have helped to create THEKRANE:
|Anker & Co:
|Bang & Olufsen:
|TV and audio systems
|THE KRANE craft soda
|Wooden floors, walls and ceilings
|Textiles and curtains
|Furniture and home accessories curated by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen