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.

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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”.

Sabrina Sciama

Sabrina Sciama

After graduating in architecture, she worked in publishing for over twenty years. Contents manager for corporate blogs, architecture- and design portals, collaborating with professional magazines and handling the drafting of monographs. She has worked with: Domus, Abitare, Case da Abitare, Auto&Design, Case&Stili. Actively involved in the design-italia.it portal between 2001 and 2007, working mainly on the daily news section and the daily newsletter, as well as playing a proactive role in the management of additional website content. Editor of Box magazine from 2004 to 2009, also coordinating the drafting of two volumes focusing on young designers entitled “Box circa 40 – progettisti italiani e stranieri attorno ai 40 anni”. Coordinated the drafting of corporate catalogues and monographs for the series entitled “I Protagonisti del Design” for Hachette Fascicoli (Giulio Iacchetti and James Irvine, 2012).