Copenhagen architecture firm 3XN has completed the 484,000-plus-square-foot headquarters for Swedbank in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg. With architecture derived from Swedbank’s core values of openness, simplicity, and care, the building takes on a triple-V form. Broken into smaller geometric units, the transparent beside highlights the semi-public functions such as the restaurant and conference facilities on the lower levels.
The triple-V design means that “the employees are located closer to each other on undisturbed working islands [rather] than in a traditional office wing,” 3XN creative director Kim Herforth Nielsen said in a statement. “This contributes to shorter distances, good internal communication, visual contact, and knowledge sharing between departments.”
The theme of simplicity comes to life in the structure’s easy orientation, centered around two spiral staircases. Stairs, bridges, and open spaces connect the seven upper floors. As the heart of the building, the trading floor rests directly above the public areas. On the floors with open office space, common facilities are placed around the central axis to provide a transportation route across the building. Additionally, kitchens and lounge areas encourage informal meetings.
Swedbank’s core value of care is expressed by reducing the distances between employees. From an environmentally friendly standpoint, daylight floods the open atria, and the building’s compact shape results in low energy consumption.