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All Photo ? 3XN (By Adam M?rk)
3XN’s design for Swedbank is an innovative interpretation of the core values of the organization; Openness, Simplicity and Care – all materialized in a modern office space with emphasis on transparency, Scandinavian simplicity and a dynamic social environment. Thus the architecture is based directly on the organization's profile as at once a solid, financially sound and modern bank interpreted through 3XN's philosophy about behavior and architecture.
优雅的3V设计 An elegant triple-V solution
The architectural theme is a folded triple-V structure, that breaks up volume and creates an inviting democratic environment in and around Swedbank’s new head office building. First and foremost the triple-v solution means that the employees are located closer to each other on undisturbed working islands than in a traditional office wing. That contributes to shorter distances, good internal communication, visual contact and knowledge sharing between departments. The location of the atria on the outside emphasises the organisation’s extrovert attitude, bringing daylight in and providing a view out from the offices. A compact building is also created with a smaller overall surface, reducing energy consumption.
The legs of the Vs are linked across the atria by open footbridges springing from floor to floor, making them more than internal shortcuts with extra office space and providing visual contact – they also create variation between the floors. The office floors thus feature openness and varying spaces designed to ensure a healthy working environment with a clear, human scale in a large building.
The light triple-V structure breaks up volume and creates an inviting democratic environment in and around Swedbank’s new head office building. The two lowest floors have a restaurant, conference facilities and reception area with glass facades, to emphasise their semi-public functions and the organisation’s openness to its surroundings.
Architecture that facilitates interaction and visual contact方便互动和视线交流的建筑
Inside, visitors and staff are met by two sculptural spiral staircases that form the hubs of the buildings. Their design invites them to be used, a means of architecture facilitating interaction and visual contact plus the opportunity to see the building in a different perspective – and providing exercise.
The triple-V structure with up to 7 floors of offices is built over the two lowest floors, creating a partially covered portico, where it extends over the base. The division of the facade complements this functional arrangement and decoratively breaks up the vertical surface into more compact geometric units.