In the midst of the greenery, in a spacious 13,000-square-metre garden designed by the landscape architect Stig Andersen, is Copenhagen’s Charlottehaven complex, built by magnate Finn Harald Simonsen following the idea of creating an inviting, stimulating, sustainable environment. A number of different venues and activities are hosted within the complex; the 178 rental apartments built in 2001 from a project by the architects Boje Lundgaard and Lene Tranberg have been joined by 44 hotel apartments, meeting and conference rooms, a fitness & health club and a cafeteria.
A place to meet and socialize, the Charlottehaven Cafe has recently undergone some interesting interior design work aimed at improving the acoustic comfort as well, of course, as the lighting.
The hallmark features of the interior are the large suspension lamps called Silenzio and designed by Monica Armani for Luceplan. The name is no coincidence, as the designer confirms in her explanation of the idea behind the project: “Some time ago I was commissioned to furnish a corporate corridor with a length of one kilometer. I used suspension lamps and wall panels, covered with Kvadrat fabrics. There was an unexpected plus: a surprising level of acoustic comfort, making that kilometer a smooth, silent experience”.