The new, minimal restaurant space inside The Audo hotel in Copenhagen, a collaboration between MENU and Norm Architects.
The Audo hotel in Copenhagen, a new hybrid residential experience.

It may be five months since my first look at The Audo, Copenhagen’s newest hotel to launch, but I already can’t wait to return.

Imagine, if you will, a hybrid boutique hotel and restaurant combined with a concept store, co-working space and cafe. A collaborative residence where Nordic design, hospitality and contemporary art converge.

The result is a collaboration between former CEO of MENU, Bjarne Hansen, and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects. As you might be able to tell, this is no ordinary hotel experience.

Combining a living room feel with a concept store, The Audo hotel is a hybrid experience, combining residences with co-working spaces and a cafe and restaurant.
The concept store is a living gallery where furniture, art and items from the hotel can be bought and experienced at home.
A large scale piece of abstract line art by Benjamin Ewing inside the concept store at The Audo hotel in Copenhagen.
Abstract art by Benjamin Ewing feature throughout the hotel.

Forty years ago when Hansen founded MENU, he had a vision of a living, ever-evolving space in which the brand’s portfolio of furniture would sit within a real-life situation. Today, MENU’s brand new HQ shares the first floor with a library and coworking space.

Taking its name from an acronym of the Latin Ab Uno Disce Omnes, meaning ‘From one, learn all’, The Audo is a reflection of the way in which we use spaces as multi-functional, ever-evolving hubs. This is a place to commune, collaborate and create.


Blurring the lines between home and work, and uniting design, business and community in one innovative, physical space under constant renewal, The Audo is an experiential, sensorial residence where products from the world’s premium design brands will engage in dialogue

Danny Feltmann Espersen, MENU CEO
Textured pale plaster walls provide a minimal, Scandinavian backdrop for sumptous velvet Tearoom chairs by MENU inside the new restaurant at The Audo.

The building is a breathtaking example of how heritage and architecture blend seamlessly with a contemporary aesthetic. Located in Copenhagen’s new waterfront district of Nordhavn, it started life in 1918 as a boathouse and Neo-Baroque residence and was originally the headquarters of The Russian Trading Co Ltd.

With creative direction overseen by Kinfolk magazine’s Nathan Williams, every part of the experience has been considered in meticulous detail.

A potted rubber tree stands against concrete coloured plaster walls inside The Audo hotel in Copenhagen.

The interiors are a feast for the senses. Converted in a minimalist, Scandinavian style, the industrial roots of the building are ever-present through the use of polished concrete floors, black metal framed windows and perforated black metal ceilings.

A soothing, Nordic living space with a cream velvet Tearoom chair and brown marble table look out of an industrial warehouse window.

Original partitioning walls were knocked through to create one large open plan ground floor, featuring the concept store, cafe and restaurant space.

Sumptuously upholstered Tearoom Club Chairs and Eave modular sofas in bouclé sit alongside black veined, white marble plinths and coffee tables. Abstract works of art and sculpture created by artists such as Benjamin Ewing, Sofia Tufvasson and Nicholas Shurey on display can also be bought from the concept store, alongside products from other collaborating brands.

A wide amphitheatre style staircase leads you up to a library and workspace on the 1st floor where lifts await to residents up to the rooms.

Rich and earthy walls set off an abstract piece of art inside the Studio suite at The Audo, a new hybrid hotel and creative residence in Copenhagen.

A celebration of rich and earthy neutrals, 10 loft-style bedrooms make up the boutique hotel on the top floor. With names like Foliage, Red Clay and Cliffs, you get a sense of how nature has directed the interiors.

Each room has its own identity with en-suite bathroom, featuring Dinesen floors, textured plaster walls by St Leo and luxury beds designed by Dux. These spaces are warm and intimate, moving away from the industrial feel of the ground floor and closer to the building’s history with original timber beams in the ceiling.

Warm terracotta walls and a cream boucé sofa set off the interiors of this hotel room at The Audo.
Stark shadows from a loft window hit the walls of one of the bedrooms at The Audo hotel, with a MENU JWDA lamp on a marble bedside plinth.
A light filled, cosy loft bedroom suite  with exposed timber beams dressed in blue and grey bedlinen at The Audo residence in Copenhagen.
The North Penthouse dressed with bedding from Aiayu and a double bed by Dux.
Textured plaster pink walls show off a seating area of green velvet MENU chairs inside one of the rooms at The Audo.
The MENU collection looks at home inside The Audo hotel in Copenhagen.
MENU accessories give this bedroom a space a luxury Nordic feel with subtle textures.
A spice coloured hotel room at The Audo dressed with furniture and accessories from the MENU collection.

Rooms start from £320 a night, complete with goose down duvets from Quilts of Denmark, organic Tekla bathrobes and Aesop toiletries. It’s an absolute design lover’s joy to experience what feels like a fresh take on Scandinavian living. I can’t wait to see how The Audo will reinvent itself in the coming years.

WM String Lounge Chairs sit on an outdoor wooden deck at The Audo hotel in Copenhagen.

The Audo | Århusgade 130 | 2150 Copenhagen | Denmark

Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley

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