Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

About: An old industrial coal-lifting crane on the harbour in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, was transformed into a sleek, contemporary and multi-functional space.

Each area of The Krane’s four structure is available for hire: A reception on the ground floor; a meeting room with 360-degree views on the first floor; a spa clad with two bath tubs on the second floor; and a 50-square-meter retreat on the top floor.

Designed to offer an immersive, multi-sensory experience, the space is minimal and entirely black, an homage to the building’s past life in the coal industry. “Black plays a pivotal role in muting and minimising visual distractions so people feel almost enveloped in the interior,” said lead architect Mads Møller of Arcgency. “There are hundreds of different shades of black. Depending on the time of day, you can see so many subtle nuances.”

There are plenty of large windows to make the most of the impressive vista, and to enjoy as much natural light as possible.

The interior space is clad entirely in stained Dinesen Douglas fir, and it is furnished with built-in furniture, as well as custom-made pieces in leather, wood, stone and steel. Guests can use the complimentary bicycles or a BMW i3 electric car.

Visit: Kalkbrænderiløbskaj, 2150 Copenhagen, Denmark