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More Hotels That Lean?! Bella Sky Comwell Opens in Copenhagen

201110-b-bella-2jpgYou can build a neighborhood from scratch, but that alone can't give it heart. Luckily for Copenhagen, a flashy tilting hotel is transforming a day-stroll district to a destination with a pulse. Rising from the southern flatlands on land reclaimed by the sea, the 3XN-designed Bella Sky Comwell Hotel (doubles from $420) has fast become a centerpiece for Ørestad City, a master-planned enclave founded nearly two decades ago.

The sunlit lobby basks in a rich palette of soft gray, gold, and natural greens; and the intimate rooftop bar, with views as far as Sweden, preens with sophistication. But the daredevil design features—which includes a pair of towers that lean at 15-degree angles—first put this 816-room luxury property on the map. “We didn’t set out to make a leaning building,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen, the founding principal of 3XN. “I was inspired by origami, so it was natural to have curves.”  The angular elegance easily recalls a paper-folded creation: upturned corners resemble an avian neck; the entrance hall slopes downward like wings in repose. —Or is it, instead, a flower with leaves and petals lusting sunwards? There's less reward in the literal. Because as the sun paints shadows along the geometric façade, the towers' endless repertoire unfolds.

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Darren Tobia is a freelance writer based in Buenos Aires.

Photos courtesy of Bella Sky Comwell Hotel

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