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HOTEL
Holistic Geometry

David Thulstrup has converted a former water pumping house in Copenhagen dating from 1902 into the “Chimney House” an exclusive holiday home.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 7/12/2019

Named after its 35-meter high chimney stack, the “Chimney House”, is the second hotel project David Thulstrup has realized for Danish design firm Vipp following the "Vipp Loft” in the Islands Brygge area of the capital. The onetime water pumping house is a red brick building with neo-Gothic charm. Thulstrup added a second level to the single-storey structure and ensured it would stand out from the existing buildings by giving it a black cladding. By converting the large arch doors into windows and adding a generous skylight the studio also created an interior that is flooded with light. There is a focus on clear lines that produce a geometric effect and lend the rooms a high degree of Instagramability from every perspective. A striking steel staircase with a black finish joins the two floors, while the limewashed brickwork and terrazzo pebble flooring are in shades of gray. But a deep black is the most predominant color in the interior design, be it in the guise of the staircase, the Vipp accessories, the metal doors or the powder-coated steel modular kitchen in graphite in the dining area.

Contrasting spots of color are provided by the exquisite design and art objects like the organic “Pumpkin” armchair by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset or fabrics by Kvadrat for cushion covers and curtains. Many details such as the five-meter long futuristic suspension luminaire of stacked Plexiglass discs in the stairwell were custom designed by Studio David Thulstrup especially for this interior. The building offers 200 square meters of living space combined with a ceiling height of up to nine meters. Thulstrup divided the area into two bedrooms, a dining area and a living room. But the space can be used flexibly thanks to the open-plan design. Guests pay upwards of EUR 2,000 for a minimum stay of two nights. And as most of the furniture items are Vipp products that can be bought it is possible to recreate a sense of the Thulstrup vision in your own home.