This month we can see the result of oil giant Statoil’s competition to design its new offices. Forty five architecture practices applied, each hoping to win the €200m job. But it was A-Lab that won with its stacked ‘groundscrapers’ design.
The architecture firm, based in Oslo, consists of 43 architects, and says all of their designs have a focus on sustainability. This is reflected in their clever design as, while the building is for a huge oil company, the architecture is very considerate of its environment.
Previously an airport car park, the car park was reconstructed underground. Each of the five 140m by 23m structures are three storeys high, with an emphasis on building vertically. This is to reduce the ground space used in the surrounding landscaped park.
Whether Statoil employees decide to stand or sit, they will always have a nice view outside, due to the careful window design. However, when…
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