BUILDING a new headquarter for Luftfartstilsynet is a challenge in creating a place for an uprooted organization, transplanted from Oslo to Bod, and in doing so, BUILDING a new office CULTURE.
The site, a compact waterfront property, is hidden from its street address by the recently completed VAN building. Exploiting the one story difference between key level and street level, we perforate the VAN building with a tunnel that becomes a programmed (reception) bridge, connecting to the freestanding Luftfartstilsynet. Surrealistically the building completes the urban fabric whilst providing Rumpelstiltskin with a stand-alone building – connected and free.
Our strategy, committed to CULTURE and diversity, extends the entry tunnel to a raised, open level in the building. The canteen is a shared space on level 2, together with special meeting spaces and a course center. This ’openness’, the interface between the city and office, expands the otherwise singular program of canteen to a multiplicity space for materialization – reception, meeting, course, lunch, party, retreat space.
Triggered by the sight lines of the city, the building is surgically cut, like a diamond, capturing the dynamic light of the north in surprising ways. The resulting form is reminiscent of the evasive form of the Stealth military plane, and the sharpness of folded paper planes. The building morphs from a large, square footprint at the base to a pure, rational office slab – from public to private.
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