Danish architectural practice Henning Larsen Architects has recently published new information about a new landmark hotel in Sønderborg, Denmark. With 190 rooms, three restaurants, conference facilities for 400 people and various spa services, the hotel will be the biggest hotel in the southern region of Denmark.
The hotel is part of world-renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry’s master plan for the harbour of Sønderborg to change the waterfront area into a new district with homes, offices and public cultural activities.
According to one of the investors behind the property, The Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, “the new hotel will generate growth and draw tourism to the area, as well as doubling the number of hotel rooms in Sønderborg”, says the president of the foundation, Peter M. Clausen.
Consisting of a tower and a lower building volume, the hotel has a distinctive shape, with the lower volume being the same height as the neighbouring buildings, while the 18-storey, 72-metre-high tower will stand as a beacon for the city. In addition, Sønderborg’s citizens and visitors will be able to experience the city and enjoy the landscape from a new angle, as the new tower will incorporate a high viewing platform, which will provide panoramic views of both the historical and modern parts of the town.
The tower can be experienced from afar or from up close, as its height makes it visible from miles around, while its central location at Alssund, which is a narrow strait between Als Island and the mainland of Jutland, makes it easily accessible. According to the architects, the building is a living sculpture in the city, and offers a changing experience as it is approached.
The new forms of the hotel are related to the historic townscape, while the façades are inspired by the play of colours seen in the patterns in the characteristic local brickwork. The architects have created a modern interpretation of a brickwork pattern, which weaves its way up the building, with the façade composed of aluminium panels and glass.
A public space will be created towards the harbour, where a terraced urban space will lead down to the harbour front. The whole composition forms a visual connection between the hotel and Sønderborg Castle, a little farther south.
In total, the hotel comprises a total of 25,000 square-metres, of which guest rooms account for around 11,000 square-metres, spa facilities 4,300 square-metres, conference facilities 2,500 square-metres the lobby 1,300 square-metres and three restaurants spread over 2,200 square-metres.
The final name for the hotel will be revealed during this summer, while the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in the autumn. It is expected that the hotel will be opened in 2018.