For its third hospitality outpost, Danish design brand Vipp has transformed the ruins of a century-old water pumping station in Copenhagen into the Vipp Chimney House. In keeping with its predecessors—the plug-and-play prefab Vipp Shelter in Sweden and the Vipp Loft above the company’s Copenhagen headquarters—the newest Vipp Hotel branch offers guests the chance to experience the brand’s high-end furnishings before they decide to purchase.
The company teamed up once again with local practice Studio David Thulstrup, the same firm that designed the Vipp Loft as well as the interiors of René Redzepi’s new Noma restaurant. The challenge this time was to turn the ruins of 1902 pumping station near the Copenhagen harbor into a two-bedroom guesthouse with a sleek aesthetic befitting the brand’s image.
"The Vipp Hotel is a concept hotel," explains Frank Christensen Egelund, vice president of Vipp USA. "We like to call it a 'deconstructed' hotel because each location is a stand-alone suite. There is only one reservation at a time for each 'room.' The aesthetic sensibility and the Vipp lifestyle experience is cohesive from property to property, but the locations are unique. The Chimney House, which is room number three, is exciting because we revitalized a historic structure and added our imprint."
Named after its towering 115-foot-tall chimney, the 2,153-square-foot Vipp Chimney House has been exquisitely detailed to honor the industrial heritage of the structure while adding a more contemporary energy. To achieve an elevated take on a home-away-from-home setting, architect David Thulstrup appointed the modern interiors with a carefully curated selection of Vipp products that include the brand’s new furniture collection.
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"The Vipp Hotel concept is our take on haute-couture in the design business," says Kasper Egelund, CEO and third generation Vipp owner. "Our newest outpost is custom-fitted and executed by David Thulstrup with a great attention to detail, in a way that explores a modern way of living and showcases Vipp’s brand universe."
The debut of the Vipp Chimney House coincides with the global design brand’s 80th birthday. To commemorate the anniversary of when Vipp founder Holger Nielse crafted their iconic pedal bin in 1939, Vipp unveiled its first-ever chair, the Vipp451, the black version of which has been used to furnish the Vipp Chimney House’s dining room.
The pumping station’s lower level was renovated to house the open-plan living, dining, and kitchen areas. A contemporary extension above comprises the private areas and creates the opportunity for a lofty atrium that soars to a height of 28 feet with skylight views of the old chimney.
In addition to new furniture as well as modular kitchen and bathroom units, the third Vipp Hotel outpost also showcases Vipp’s growing expansion into lighting, accessories, and even textile designs.
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"For me it was a dream architectural project, from the strong gestures of the building to the finest interior detailing," explains Thulstrup. "I was encouraged to make it edgy, and with that I wanted to add the personality, comfort, and aesthetics of a private residence. I wanted people to feel at home."
A stay at the Vipp Chimney House starts at 2,000 Euro for a minimum of two nights.
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