Bathrooms in the Audo. Copyright: AXOR / Hansgrohe SE. Photographers: Alex Dwyer and Søren Gammelmark
Hybrid spaces for hospitality and Michelin-starred culinary delight rock Copenhagen
In Nordhavn, the former industrial port of Copenhagen, a neo-baroque building from the beginning of the 20th century has found new life. The Audo, as it is known now, celebrates and facilitates human connection in the global digital age. Bjarne Hansen, founder of Danish design company MENU, and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, co-founder of Norm Architects, designed The Audo as a hybrid space, a platform to bring together local and international creatives over a drink , a meal, a project or simply a shared aesthetic experience.
The Audo platform includes a restaurant, a café, coworking and event spaces, a concept store and more. But international visitors will appreciate it above all as a one-of-a-kind hotel, with each of its ten rooms individually designed in the warm, ‘soft minimalism’ style for which Norm Architects is renowned. The subtle and sophisticated aesthetic continues in the bathrooms, where Norm has selected AXOR Uno faucets. One tub even has a custom AXOR Signature app whereby an AXOR Uno freestanding tub spout has been converted into a perfectly sized rim-mount tub spout. Either way, Norm took full advantage of the AXOR FinishPlus range of surfaces. Through the choice of materials and palette, each hotel room evokes a different atmosphere, a different landscape. AXOR Uno harmonizes with everyone, whether in Brushed Black Chrome for a “lunar” atmosphere or in Brushed Bronze for a “deep forest” atmosphere. Other finishes include brushed brass and stainless steel optics. In addition to AXOR Uno, the rooms are equipped with AXOR showers, such as the 350 overhead shower, which offers the PowderRain-type cocooning jet. The penthouse rooms feature the sumptuous AXOR ShowerHeaven. On the ground floor, the kitchen has AXOR Citterio kitchen faucets in the eye-catching semi-pro variant.
“Danish architects tend to use the same local brand, and I thought it would be interesting to try something different,” says Hansen of their decision for AXOR. “It was really a collaboration,” adds Bjerre-Poulsen, “and we were delighted with all the wonderful finishes that AXOR had to offer. We wanted a different material and color palette for each floor and each room. I think AXOR got the perfect finishes in terms of tone and surface, which is a really hard thing to do.
By blurring the lines between work, store, home and hospitality, The Audo fosters a new type of creative exchange, of which AXOR is an integral part. The approach is nicely summed up by the Latin expression from which The Audo takes its name: Ab Uno Disce Omnes. From one, learn everything.
Alchemist: a new world of culinary delights
Alchemist. Copyright: AXOR / Hansgrohe SE. Photographers: Alex Dwyer and Søren Gammelmark
A night at Alchemist is unlikely to be forgotten. Since opening in 2019, the Copenhagen restaurant has won two Michelin stars for its highly creative and technically complex dishes and choreographed dining experience. Chef and co-owner Rasmus Munk worked with Studio Duncalf to reinvent the space – a former Royal Danish Theater set-building workshop – using live actors and visual technology to serve the self-proclaimed ‘holistic cuisine’ of Munk. Alchemist takes his guests on a journey – through neon halls, a graffiti-covered wall and an imposing 13-meter wine cellar – of all senses. Spread over five acts, the 50-course menu is delivered by a team of entertainers, a playwright and 32 chefs. Whether the journey leads to the bathrooms or the kitchen, customers will discover not one, but three AXOR collections.
Alchemist selected AXOR Starck Organic, AXOR MyEdition and AXOR Citterio, requesting exclusive individualization services from AXOR FinishPlus. Hands-free at the sink, AXOR Starck Organic electronic faucets are equipped with infrared sensors for ultra-precise operation and economical water consumption. The pinnacle of customization, AXOR MyEdition basin mixers feature PowderRain technology that envelops the skin in a cocoon of water. And AXOR Citterio, an icon of modern bathroom design, makes a monumental impression at the sink with its geometric shapes and surprisingly flat surfaces. At Alchemist, each collection is finished in brushed black chrome, one of the 10 exclusive AXOR FinishPlus surfaces.
“What motivates me as a chef is the ability to influence people. My ultimate goal is to change the world through gastronomy, ”explains Munk. “At Alchemist, we have the ability to transport our guests out of their ordinary world and into a dimension outside of time and space.”
With a waiting list of 7,000 people, Munk has already found an audience that supports his vision. Commenting on a range of pressing issues, both political and environmental, the menu is both luxurious and conscious, delicious and stimulating. Named Denmark’s Best Restaurant by White Guide, Alchemist has managed to carve out a place for itself at the intersection of art, cuisine and technology, and those who dine here will come out with plenty to savor and contemplate.
AXOR develops, constructs and produces faucets, shower heads and accessories for luxury bathrooms and kitchens to perfection. At the highest aesthetic and technological levels, avant-garde pieces and collections that are unique in their kind are created. Some of them are still considered classics of bathroom design today. Collectively, they embody the claim “Form follows perfection”: not to end the development process until nothing more can be added or removed. For more than 25 years, rhythmic design objects have been developed with this recipe with world-renowned designers, including Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud and Patricia Urquiola. AXOR is a brand of the Hansgrohe group.