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.
Paf Åland in Finland by MURMAN ARKITEKTER AB
April 27th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: MURMAN ARKITEKTER AB
New headquarters for Paf on Åland- A newly built passive house with solar facade and wooden construction.
Paf is a public association which runs the legal gaming monopoly in Åland. It was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Åland, but it has offices all over Europe.
They sat before on two addresses in Mariehamn in rented premises and in Jomala in their own property.
In the company-owned property, the total surface of tiny, admission conditions where not optimal, people sat huge spread apart and property consumed a lot of energy.
Architect mission here has been to find a solution so that all employees in Åland about 200 people can work on the basis of Paf’s brand image in a building with passive class, which supports and reinforces Paf’s corporate culture and working methods.
Paf’s approach is based activity but to get the room design to support the approach differs from the local design of the modern office looks today. where many workstations are empty for working elsewhere Here you are at work a lot and to work in teams, with a large screen in the room that allows you to be connected to any other of Paf’s offices in Europe However, the Places for cross-departmental interaction and cooperation key ingredients.
Paf had the desire that the building would be an important communication and marketing factor and be a Pre-shot of how to design a building with a focus on long-term conservation of energy, where the whole company can be collected.
Our proposal was:
A new building to the south implemented as a carbon neutral passive houses with cladding of solar cells and solar panels on the roof. The property produces its own electricity. but are connected to district heating as backup. The shape of the new bulding is arched to outward signal that there is a building that takes its energy from the sun via solar cells, but also to form an interior space around which people sit and work, think, meet or moves. Here the whole Paf’s staff collected and following a presentation. Exterior binds the arched sloping shape together both existing wing of the buildings, which opens towards the new building to a larger entity formed and the entrance is in the meeting between the new and the old building.
The ground floor is the deepest is in addition to the entrance and workplaces also rest areas and meeting rooms in various shape and size. The depth of the building becomes narrower on the upper floors, but still large enough to be able to sit and work individually or in groups to the facade, have cross-border venues in sofas closest joists where people move and visible. The interior is mainly white to take advantage of natural lighting. Outlook windows, with bright embrasures towards the south and lower breast height, high placed windows in the roof lets in natural light but not heat radiation from the south. In the atrium to the north is a high-up window strip that let in cool daylight in the interior square room.
The backbone of the new building which is carbon neutral is designed as a wooden structure with bearing glulam columns and beams of solid wood.
The choice of materials has resulted in a comfortable office environment with very much wooden feeling and a relatively quiet and dry construction. The new well-insulated new outer wall to the south is 70 cm thick.
The ground plane creates an internal square against which all work on all floors turns. By performing walls glass walls are all working there visible to each other.
Office Workplaces designed to support Paf way to work, after the “scrum” method. It means working in teams of 4-8 people in your own room with plenty of meeting points in different form outside office workplaces and workshop spaces are turning towards the square that contains a inviting curved staircase that runs through all floors.
Team rooms, separated by lightweight glass walls that can be removed or moved, in addition to desks with computers, a high table of internal meetings, at least one wall that serves as a writing board and a large TV screen in every room that contact with the outside world.
The “Paf ball” is a meeting room that hangs in the air o the inner room. With its round shape allows the associations to play in several forms.
Sketch work started by the architects Hans Murman and Hans Eek (passive house expert) during a summer week on Gotland. In order to continue and develop, but the help of Bettina Ingves Interior designer.
Work drawings is made of Murman Architects AB: A consulting group led by:
Hans Murman, Responsible architect and Andreas Klesty, the acting architect.
Other contributors Brian O Mally; Chi Jian Huang, Ylva Backstrom, Ingemar Hedlund, Hjalmar Mann, Johan Malmberg, Ragnar Eythorsson, Truls Håkansson Janne Rygseter, Jan ter Vehn, Mattias Sköldborg, Per Sjöberg,
In cooperation with Arkitekt Hans Eek AB and Bettina Ingves interior design.
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