The construction of the SAS Royal Hotel in Hammerichsgade began in 1956. Four years later, the hitherto tallest building in the Nordic area, and the largest hotel in Scandinavia, was ready for inauguration. With its twenty-two floors, the hotel was to be called a "Landmark of the Jet Age" characterising the 1950's. The hotel was considered the most modern hotel in Scandinavia, and Arne Jacobsen's attention to detail in terms of functions and the choice of materials in the overall design as well as in individual objects was much admired.
Today, the SAS Royal Hotel has changed its name to the Radisson Collection Royal Copenhagen. Nevertheless, it is still a prominent example of Danish modernist architecture. It is known all over the world as the hotel in which the architect designed every detail. It is the most harmonious high-rise building in Copenhagen and constitutes an ideal in Modern Design. Arne Jacobsen's artistic talent is evident throughout the hotel - from the proportions of the building to the design of the interior. His unique ability to carry through an all-encompassing design - or a gesamtkunstwerk as the Germans call it- idea must be admired.
- The present hotel lobby is in many ways similar to the 1960's lobby. The room is delimited by a shopping zone. The glass panes of the shops separate the lobby from the hustle and bustle of the street and at the same time let daylight into the room. The result is a calm, exclusive atmosphere. The famous Egg™ and Swan™ chairs, which were specially designed for the hotel, match the pleasant calm of the room.
- Together with the organic forms of the Swan™, the curved staircase constitutes a strong contrast to the sharp cut, simple structure of the hotel. The very slight structure of the staircase was on the verge of what was technically feasible at the time.