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.
DNB HOUSE WEST BUILDING in OSLO, NORWAY by DARK ARKITEKTER
February 20th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: DARK ARKITEKTER
DNB’s 70.000 m2 headquarter consists of 3 buildings on which the architecture firms Dark Arkitekter, a-lab and MVRDV are collaborating on design and architecture. Dark Arkitekter AS is responsible for Bygg C, the C-building. The C-building consists of 11.686 m2 spread over 15 stories, and is planned to be completed in 2012.
The shape of the C-building resembles a stair, where each “step” stretches two stories. The building opens up through several two-story-tall common rooms and large roof terraces, towards the Ekeberg hillside to the east and the Oslo fjord to the south. An inclined elevator is accessible to the public from the entrance at Dronning Eufemias gate. It runs along the top edge of the east facade towards the public terraces and restaurant at the top floors. An internal stairwell runs parallel with the elevator up the 15 stories, connecting the two-story-tall common rooms. The green terraces will give the users of the building access to a contemplative environment for a break, as well as contribute to water retention. The facades consist mainly of two materials: glass and black granite.
The building will offer functional and modern office workspace to about 700 people. Public related functions like shopping and food serving are situated at ground floor, in addition to the public roof terraces and restaurant. The C-building is connected to the rest of the DNB complex by a large stairwell to the underground story. The underground story runs continuously under the three DNB buildings, and contains meeting places, canteen, kitchen and other common functions within DNB.
On street level, an open passage runs through the two bottom stories dividing the building into a northern and a southern part. The passage is open to the public, and it is part of the cross-connection through the Opera quarter. The passage contains premises for shops, food serving or other public utility functions.
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