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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ICEBREAKERS HEAD QUARTERS by K2S Architects

 
October 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: K2S Architects

Docked icebreakers are an essential part of the Katajanokka-shore environment. The new head-quarters of Arctia Shipping Ltd. will be placed in a floating office building in front of the listed main building of the Finnish ministry of Foreign Affairs which was originally designed by C.L.Engel.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

  • Architects: K2S Architects
  • Project: ICEBREAKERS HEAD QUARTERS
  • Photography: Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen
  • CLIENT: ARCTIA SHIPPING LTD
  • AREA: 950 sqm
  • CONSTRUCTION DESIGNER: Eero Kotkas
  • COMPLETED: 09 / 2013

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

The horizontal massing and customized black steel facades relate to the black hulls of the adjacent ice breaker ships. The headquarters building can be seen as one the vessels. The interior of the black “steel ship” is constructed of lacquered wood which related to earlier ship building traditions. The facades of the building are made of customized wave pattern steel profile. There is a gradient and abstract pattern perforated on the steel profiles which relates to ice crystals and sailor textile patterns.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

The building will be completed on a shipyard in western Finland and towed to site. There is a water ballast system which will maintain the floor level of the office building in the same level as the dock.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

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