As a hotel residence, restaurant, café, concept store, material library, creative work and event space, The Audo unites design, work-life, hospitality and community in one.
Bjarne Hansen, former CEO and founder of MENU, has taken on this new venture with a strong vision to connect kindred spirits from across the globe, through the new space concept, The Audo. With a clear idea in mind, he brought together different creative individuals and began the journey to manifest his dream together with Norm Architects and Nathan Williams from Kinfolk.
The name, Audo, is an abbreviation of the latin phrase Ab Uno Disce Omnes meaning ”from one, learn all”, defining the space as a place for people to share ideas, experiences and knowledge.
“Blurring the lines been home-life and work, uniting design, business and communication in one innovative, physical space that is alive and under constant renewal, The Audo as a concept is a unique place to experience elements of our built environment as a whole, where products from the worlds’ premium design brands will engage in dialogue”, Bjarne Hansen says about his vision for the Audo.
The Audo’s architecture team, led by Norm Architects founder Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Norm Architects partner Peter Eland, transformed a disused merchant house for a shipping magnate in Nordhavn, Copenhagen’s new waterfront city district and former industrial port. The Audo’s building is one of the oldest in the area, and, as an homage to the historic character, Norm Architects chose to preserve the building’s façade.
Internally, the building resembles a collector’s home with selected items from friends and brand partners of The Audo.
“I hope this becomes a reference point for social encounters within the field of culture for young, creative professionals.” Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen says. “Globally, I hope we can contribute to new ways of thinking about blending work, life, and travel.”
From the linen and robes in the residence, to the cushions, accessories, crockery and even stationary found around the house; everything can be purchased at the Audo Concept. This concept store acts as a living gallery, showcasing both established and up and coming creative’s work amongst products from selected brands.
The art pieces on display change from season to season with some exhibitions lasting for months and some being more temporary. The art curated for The Audo ranges from paintings, to ceramics, to sculptures and installations.
The Audo library is available to guests and the stable of architects and designers who frequent the Audo for inspiration, events and work related occasions. The library is a comprehensive, ever-expanding collection of natural materials, fabrics, and leathers from brand partners, including wood and stone samples for flooring and furniture, architectural details, visual references and catalogues.
The Audo Residence showcases the essence of the house and brings furniture, lamps, beds, art and accessories together as a whole. This boutique hotel serves as a living showroom constantly transforming and adapting.