the Radisson Blu Hotel on Amager Boulevard manages to loom over Christianshavn. Lurking at the end of the street, this could have a bit part in a spy film about an ominous state watching every move of its citizens
walking along the canal from the back or south side of the Opera House, it is there, at the end of the view from nearly 2 kilometres away
walking down towards Højbro Plads you get your first view of Christiansborg and there is the hotel, well over a kilometre away but filling the gap. Maybe not looming but there and once you see it there then you can’t unsee it
There are very obvious problems with the design of the new office building at Østerport - its unrelenting horizontality, odd raspberry ice cream colour and insensitivity to the good historic buildings nearby and the important green space of the Citadel opposite for a start - but, for me, by far the ugliest building in the city is still the Radisson Blu Hotel on Amager Boulevard by Ejner Graae and Bent Severin that was completed in 1973.
It is an ugly and brutal tower that dominates it's location overlooking the trees and the water of Stadsgraven - the historic outer defences across the south side of the old city - but, worse, it is a thug of a building that can be seen from all over this part of the city. It is like a infeasibly tall and scruffy waiter at a wedding celebration and when the guests look back at their photographs they find that somehow he manages to be there, looming in the background, of most of them.
About the only time it looks anywhere near presentable - the hotel not the waiter - is when there is mist and frost hanging over the water or at night when looking down Frederiksholms Canal and the lights of the rooms form a bit of a book end to the view.
…. hardly a ringing endorsement and what really is astounding is that for a time last year there was a planning application, sort of hanging over the city, for permission to add another ten floors to the tower … permission that had been part of the original design but had somehow been omitted as the hotel went up as if even the builders ran out of energy or malice.