New micro-hotel opens in Copenhagen boathouse

Fulfill Kaj: Copenhagen’s latest sustainable micro-lodge, built as a non-public boathouse using recycled supplies

The Copenhagen architecture scene is total of should-sees – from modernist masterpieces to up to date marvels, this sort of as OMA’s BLOX. Nonetheless there are also some more compact gems that bring a perception of architectural experimentation to the everyday for the discerning customer – these is Kaj, the town’s latest sustainable micro-hotel, which has been built as a boutique, one-space boathouse you can lease. 

It all begun when owners and associates in do the job and life Barbara von Haffner and Toke Larsen spotted a hole in the marketplace. With the help of architect Karl Smith Meyer, they made a decision to place a program into action.

‘We have often been contacted by people who desired to lease our houseboat or requested what it is like to live on it,’ they say. ‘The idea for KAJ Resort arose in the wake of these concerns, which have been virtually unattainable to solution unequivocally, as the expertise differs based on wind and temperature ailments, as effectively as what time of working day – or 12 months – just one stays there. Just one has to test it out for a person self – and every second has its personal allure.’

Now, set on Copenhagen harbour and built basically on the drinking water, Kaj is created primarily in recycled wood. Its structure was partially prefabricated (on the deck of the couple’s houseboat) and craned specifically into the site. Von Haffner also leads Undercover Copenhagen, a enterprise specialising in recycled and sustainable fabrics, whilst the couple’s have residence was made using environmentally welcoming approaches, so on the lookout at this task from an eco-welcoming angle came naturally to the pair.

As a end result, the historic window frames, for case in point, utilized to belong to a previous Danish Defense Command building the foundations make use of old railroad poles and the stairs and gangway are recycled from an precise ship. 

Within, present day minimalism meets a Scandinavian aesthetic with a unique domestic come to feel. A grasp suite and a further more bedrooms on a mezzanine can snooze up to 4 people today and a baby. Even even though spanning a mere 16 sq m, the boathouse feels roomy and relaxed thanks to a neutral, calming color and materials palette, huge windows that allow the eye to marvel, and a terrace. This is as close to a houseboat as you can get, without having really getting on one – it even arrives with its personal boat. §