In most cities, you will usually find the most exciting creative communities gathering in deserted urban areas and in Copenhagen this are no different. For many years Refshaleøen or The Refshale Island in Copenhagen harbor – also the former home of the world famous Burmeister & Wain shipyard from 1872 to 1996 – has been the secret home and workplace of many creatives. However with the recent opening of the Amass Restaurant and the Royal Theater workshops, the area has recently been re-connected to the city with a harbour bus route allowing curious souls to explore this unique piece of urban architecture.
One of these work communities is Skabelonloftet. The loft is an old industrial Shipyard Loft, more than 100 years old with a spectacular view over the ocean and to the entrance of the harbor, central Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid, The Queens Palace and on a sunny day to Sweden. The shipyard loft was originally used for building ship models.
Today the loft is a 1400 ㎡ studio community that consists 18 studios shared among 58 creatives – architects, artists, industrial designers, graphic designers, interior designers, painters, filmmakers, photographers, communication strategists etc. Together all these creatives contributes to strengthening the development of modern culture and innovation. The space also houses a gallery, Yard CPH that features up’n coming designers and artists all represented by Anette Holmberg – the manager of Skabelonloftet and also an artist herself.
The unique location and architecture of the loft gives perfect opportunities to find inspiration and experience contemporary Danish art, culture and urban development. This is also why the loft is often used for corporate events and photo sessions for fashion or lifestyle magazines. Skabelonloftet has been featured in Elle Decor, Schöner Wohnen, RUM and several other International and Danish Newspapers and Magazines latest in Kinfolk Magazine.
Address: Refshalevej 171A, 1432 Copenhagen
Opening hours: most days, by appointment with Anette Holmberg or one of the designers/creatives.
Text: Louise Brandstrup Zastrow