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Copenhagen Clubhouse The Audo: A New Creative Hub with Hotel Rooms Under the Rafters

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Copenhagen Clubhouse The Audo: A New Creative Hub with Hotel Rooms Under the Rafters

December 2, 2019

Set in a shipping merchant’s quarters in Copenhagen’s waterfront district, The Audo is an ambitious new multi-use gathering place. It was dreamed up by the founder of furniture company Menu, Bjarne Hansen, to serve as the brand’s new headquarters, and also to showcase its designs put to use—in a concept store, restaurant and cafe, co-working space, gathering place, and hotel.

Currently celebrating its 40th year, Menu teamed up with frequent collaborator Norm Architects to transform the historic structure into what Hansen describes as a hybrid space that “blurs the lines between home-life and work, uniting design, business and community in one innovative physical space that is alive and under constant renewal.” We say: those guest rooms tucked under the rafters look very tempting. Join us for a tour.

Photography courtesy of The Audo and Norm Architects.

located in the port district of nordhavn, the \19\14 neo baroque structure is o 9
Above: Located in the port district of Nordhavn, the 1914 Neo-Baroque structure is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and originally served as a residence and shipping company.

The architecture team, led by Norm Architects founder, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, and Norm partner Peter Eland, preserved the facade while reinventing the interior. Explains Eland, “The exterior references a time when buildings in Copenhagen were inspired by Greek and Roman architecture and just entering the early dawn of modernism, while the inside was a rational and industrial concrete structure that allowed us to transform the building rather freely.” Photograph by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen via Norm Architects.

menu&#8\2\17;s bank pendant light—designed by norm architects—hangs ove 10
Above: Menu’s Bank Pendant light—designed by Norm Architects—hangs over the entry desk. Sense a bit of a Kinfolk vibe? Nathan Williams was enlisted to help define The Audo’s identity as a meeting ground for creatives.

A team of six interior architects and designers oversaw the furnishings—see the roster at Norm Architects. Photograph by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen.

&#8\2\20;on the ground floor, the house is symbolically transparent in the  11
Above: “On the ground floor, the house is symbolically transparent in the sense that the materials chosen for these spaces are raw and industrial, reflecting the spirit of the site,” Bjerre-Poulsen told Dezeen.

Menu’s furniture, lighting, and accessories are the result of its collaborations with a dozen Scandinavian design studios: the Tearoom Club Chairs shown here are by up-and-coming Scottish-Swedish designer Nick Ross. Photograph by Monica Steffensen.

the same tearoom club chairs in a new guise in the menu materials library. a wh 12
Above: The same Tearoom Club Chairs in a new guise in the Menu materials library. A who’s who of Scandinavian interiors companies contributed to the project: the wood floors are by Dinesen and the cabinets are by Kolon. Photograph by Mario Depicolzuane.
the menu concept store is set up as living room that gets continually rearrange 13
Above: The Menu concept store is set up as living room that gets continually rearranged. The painting is by Portland, Oregon-based artist Benjamin Ewing, one of a small roster of artists whose work is currently on view at the Audo. That’s Menu’s reintroduction of Ib Kofod-Larsen’s modern-classic Knitting Chair in front of the painting.Photograph by  Mario Depicolzuane.
afteroom studio&#8\2\17;s afteroom plus bar & counter chairs at the au 14
Above: Afteroom Studio’s Afteroom Plus Bar & Counter Chairs at the Audo restaurant. The amphitheater-style stairs double as places to sit and chat. Photograph by Monica Steffensen via Norm Architects.
a wall of kolon cabinets in an audo meeting space. the ceramic sculpture is by  15
Above: A wall of Kolon cabinets in an Audo meeting space. The ceramic sculpture is by Bente Hansen. Photograph by Monica Steffensen.
the menu offices and co working spaces occupy the middle floors. the moody plas 16
Above: The Menu offices and co-working spaces occupy the middle floors. The moody plaster and paint throughout is by St. Leo, a Copenhagen finishes company that just launched this year. Photograph by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen.
a wood sculpture by copenhagen based british artist nicholas shurey. photograph 17
Above: A wood sculpture by Copenhagen-based British artist Nicholas Shurey. Photograph by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen.
the top floor is devoted to the audo&#8\2\17;s \10 guest suites, each diffe 18
Above: The top floor is devoted to the Audo’s 10 guest suites, each different. The Penthouse shown here celebates Nordic light. Photograph by Mario Depicolzuane..
&#8\2\20;the further you move up in the house, the more intimate and warm t 19
Above: “The further you move up in the house, the more intimate and warm the selection of materials become,” says Bjerre-Poulsen. This is the terracotta-tinted Studio Suite furnished with Menu’s Eave Modular Sofa. Photograph by Monica Steffensen.
a work table is set up between the sitting and sleeping areas. all of the hotel 20
Above: A work table is set up between the sitting and sleeping areas. All of the hotel beds are by Dux. Photograph by Monica Steffensen.
a moody bath. the audo&#8\2\17;s sink and shower fixtures are by hangrohe.  21
Above: A moody bath. The Audo’s sink and shower fixtures are by Hangrohe. Photograph by Mario Depicolzuane.
a bathtub under the rafters. photograph by monica steffensen. 22
Above: A bathtub under the rafters. Photograph by Monica Steffensen.
the organic cotton bedding is by danish cult brand aiayu. yoga mats available o 23
Above: The organic cotton bedding is by Danish cult brand Aiayu. Yoga mats available on request. For reservations, go to The Audo. Photograph by Mario Depicolzuane.

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