Latitude/Longitude: 55.7241, 12.582
The above factors were important in the design of the new headquarters. Together with the clients, the architects of 3XN have sought to strike a fine balance of expressiveness and trustworthy solidity. The result of this effort is double-curved glass facades made of triangular panels of transparent glass alternating with opaque white sections in an irregular rhythm. The sail-like pattern suits the headquarters, whose gable walls face on to the canal that cuts through the maritime district. The building consists of two blocks interconnected by a glazed section which is set slightly back from the line of the facade.
The unusual dynamic style continues inside with angled walls, tilting at oblique angles up through all six storeys. A large spiral staircase winds its way through a softly shaped atrium, formed by boomerang-shaped cuts into the floors. The atrium is covered by a glass roof which lets daylight into the heart of the building. The sense of lightness and openness created by the atrium extends to the entire building. Thus, the desire to install a strong sense of corporate spirit through the interior fitting-out resulted in a very transparent and open work environment.
The building won the RIBA International Award 2009.
⇒ Architecture Guide to COPENHAGEN