Zoku Copenhagen | Welcoming it’s guests as the world slowly opens up
concrete is proud to announce Zoku Copenhagen is opening its doors, the second hotel to open following Amsterdam. The workmeetsplay hotel concept has been created for the global nomad. Zoku is a homeoffice hybrid, also suitable for long stays, with the facilities of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighbourhood. A relaxed place to live, work and socialise with likeminded people while getting wired into the city.
Zoku Amsterdam opened back in 2016 and it was one of the first workmeetsplay hotel concepts we spotted. Last week we spotted an interesting article about the future of the technology in the hospitality world with examples like the more apartment proptech startups Mint House, Kasa Living and WhyHotel. It reminded us of Zoku Amsterdam, a more compact concept, with now a second hotel in Copenhagen, Zoku Vienna almost ready to open and Zoku Paris under construction.
Act local at Zoku Copenhagen
Coming by bike like a typical Copenhagen resident or via a short metro-ride from the airport, the building is clearly recognisable due to its iconic Scandinavian red colour. The hybrid building is designed by Danish architectural firm Arkitema and is located on the Amagerfælledvej 108 in the Amager neighbourhood. On top of the red brick building block concrete and Arkitema designed a loose pavilion on the top floor for the public (social) spaces.
Guests arrive in a greenhouse drenched with daylight and full of greenery, which enhances the feel of a city oasis. The greenhouse guides guests to the bar & living rooms where a Zoku sidekick will welcome and help them find their way in their temporary home; the full Zoku experience can begin. ‘You’ve tried working from home. Now, it’s time to work from anywhere.’ – zoku – words from Zoku: “Harnessing The Work From Anywhere Landscape”
“While companies across the world are trying to figure out what returning to the office will look like, Zoku developed its concept to make it easier for employees to come together in one environment. Now residents and locals can work and live under the same roof, simultaneously tapping in on the ‘work from anywhere’ trend across the globe. “We want to grow internationally, help build the cities of tomorrow, and push the world forward by creating and operating mixed use buildings designed specifically for our target audience. This is what we have focused on since the launch of Zoku, and the recent pandemic further confirmed the need for this,” says Marc Jongerius, Co-founder & Managing Director at Zoku.”
The Zoku loft
A loft at Zoku is much more than just a hotel room. It is a spacious micro-apartment, or, better yet, the ‘Zoku Loft’. Here, Zoku and concrete identified, designed and positioned all functions and needs of the global nomad in an intelligent way, creating an interior module that enhances the sense of spaciousness and functionality. In addition to the two standard Zoku lofts, a wide and a deep version, concrete developed three new loft types for Copenhagen specifically. Zoku Copenhagen has 160 rooms.
Zoku is founded by Hans Meyer and Marc Jongerius. They assigned Concrete to help develop and design a new type of hotel, facilitating the “work from anywhere movement” and focused on global nomads, the new generation of creative business travellers who like to mix work & play within a living environment. Zoku Amsterdam proved to be a great success and concrete worked together with Zoku to develop new locations where global nomads can stay longer, work longer, live longer and play longer.