Take a tour of the newly opened Soho House Copenhagen
Located on the waterfront in the heart of the Danish capital, the spacious two-storey club embraces the best of the Nordic lifestyle
Wednesday 24 August 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova Photography by Armin Tehrani
With more than 30 clubs around the world, Soho Houses occupy plenty of great buildings and locations (including some of the dreamiest beachside spots) – but the newly opened Soho House Copenhagen on the waterfront is truly special. With a large terrace overlooking the calm waters, it’s already made us fall in love with the Northern summer and the city’s vibrant creative community. Located in a former Danish customs house and ferry terminal built in 1937, this is the first House in Scandinavia (to be followed by Soho House Stockholm opening this winter) merging Danish art and design with Soho House signatures.
With its architecture resembling a curved ocean liner, the House has a unique grainy-blue colour, which is mirrored on the ceiling and textiles inside the club. The overall colour scheme is inspired by the iconic townhouses on Nyhavn.
Shortly after the opening in August, we spent a day at the House with Alex Høgh Andersen, a rising star who played Ivar the Boneless in Vikings. ‘It’s strange because members’ clubs aren’t a very Danish thing,’ he admitted. ‘The concept isn’t traditionally something we’re used to, but this is such an amazing addition to Copenhagen. It’s beautiful, but it also instantly feels like somewhere you can come and chill with other creative people.’
We can’t wait to see the creative scene coming into its own within these walls – take a tour to see what Soho House Copenhagen has to offer.
The architecture and interiors
At the entrance to the building, members are met by a three-tier Verner Panton shell chandelier, which hangs from the double-height ceiling. The House’s colourful scheme has been inspired by its proximity to Nyhavn. The neighbourhood’s boldly coloured facades are reflected in the fabrics and wall coverings, in pink, yellow, cream and green, juxtaposed with whitewashed Scandinavian panelling with a detailed Danish textile pattern.
The main club space has been designed to have a playful, contemporary feel with bespoke timber flooring, and vintage Danish furniture and lighting. The space incorporates a wide variety of local designs: handmade pleated lampshades by Helene Blanche, cushions by Blanche and Cathy Nordström, curtains from Kjellerup Væveri textile mill, and a Razorblade armchair by Henning Kjaernulf.
Upstairs, The Harbour Room is a cosy area for members to work and relax in, with wraparound timber bookshelves, original aged dark timber flooring, a beam ceiling, and Danish lights dotted around. The room is filled with vintage Scandinavian furniture, including a typical Danish banana sofa. Can there ever be too many spots to lounge and relax? We don’t think so.
The food and drink
Adjacent to the main club space, Club Cecconi’s serves members a selection of Northern Italian dishes and much-loved favourites, such as Spaghetti Lobster and Cacio e Pepe. There’s also a range of specialities created uniquely for Soho House Copenhagen: don’t miss out on Wood-Fired Langoustines in a chilli garlic butter and Cod, Mussels and ‘Nduja Butter with rainbow chard.
Naturally, there are plenty of classic Picantes and Aperol Spritzes on offer – but Copenhagen signatures are also noteworthy. Dark and Stormy is a spicy cocktail with Aquavit, and Nordic Son is the House’s adapted version of a Danish summer drink, blending Bombay Sapphire Gin, mango, and lime and lemon soda.
The art collection
The Soho House Copenhagen art collection is comprised of 38 artists born, based or trained in Denmark. Throughout the collection, emerging talents and museum-level artists alike provide an insight in the contemporary Danish art scene. Taking inspiration from the building’s window gallery, the artworks are presented under alternating spotlights, which emphasise the practice of each artist, creating a contrast between the outside and inside view.
One of the highlights of the collection is ‘Ganymede (Jockstrap)’ by the duo Elmgreen & Drasget, which merges ancient mythology with a touch of contemporary homoerotic imagery. ‘Gynophobia’ by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is a photographic piece based on a performance that explored the perceived figure of womanhood in society. The ‘Oddly Satisfying’ series by Fryd Frydendahl offers a personal interpretation of the images regularly presented to the artists by social media algorithms. The collection also incorporates works by Andreas Albrectsen, Anne Torpe, Esben Weile Kjær, Farshad Farzankia, Kristian Touborg, Rose Eken, among others, offering an inquisitive portrayal of Danish society and creativity.
Explore Soho House Copenhagen here.