Lonely Planet Writer

A luxury retreat has opened in a coal crane suspended over the Copenhagen docks

A unique new space in Copenhagen is being made available to rent from this month on that includes a spa and luxury lounge built inside a renovated crane that is suspended over a harbour.

The Krane in Copenhagen
The unique space is built inside a former coal crane overlooking Nordhavn Harbour. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj/COAST

Described by the designers as an immersive, multi-sensory retreat and meeting room, The Krane was created by Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller from Arcgency. The build comprises of a reception area on the ground floor, a meeting room called the Glass Box on the first floor, a second-floor spa, as well as a lounge and a terrace at the top. Painted black in reference to its past as a coal crane, it is located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Copenhagen.

The Krane luxury apartment and spa in Copenhagen
The space is designed with furniture that folds away to maximise room. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj/COAST

The idea for the renovation of the crane came after the structure was moved to its current location to make space for other openings in the area. Other projects created by the firm include a luxury apartment built inside a grain silo and a former paper warehouse that was transformed into showroom offices. “Through it all, the crane on the harbour remained standing with an uncertain future. With its history and such incredible views of the water, I decided to have it reincarnated into something contemporary but with soul,” Klaus said.

The Krane in Copenhagen
The Krane comes with a dedicated spa on site, as well as a car and concierge. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj/COAST

Guests renting The Krane will have access to a designated car and concierge who meets visitors at the airport and brings them breakfast every morning. The interior features a drawbridge-like staircase, custom-made furniture, and an interior that uses leather, wood, stone and steel. It is designed to optimise space, with primary pieces such as beds, seating and cupboards being integrated into the walls for quick storage.

A woman looks out of Nordhavn Habour on The Krane in Copenhagen
The building offers panoramic views of the docklands that surround it. Image by Rasmus Hjortshøj/COAST

The onsite spa features glazed glass walls as a window on one side, offering a view of the harbour and ocean.  The Krane is open to rent from this month on.

More information is available at the official website.