Nordea Bank: Ørestad North Office, Copenhagen

Nordea Bank Ørestad North, Copenhagen Office Building, Architect, Project, Image

Nordea Bank, Copenhagen

Ørestad North Office Building, Denmark – design by Henning Larsen Architects

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Nordea Bank Headquarters Copenhagen Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Nordea Bank Headquarters in Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

27 Apr 2012

Nordea Bank Copenhagen

Design: Henning Larsen Architects + Signal Architects + SLA Landscape Architects

New office building for Nordea Bank

Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank’s new office building of 40,000 m2 in Ørestad North, Copenhagen, next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall – Koncerthuset. The building will comprise Scandinavia’s largest trading floor of 5,500 m2 with a view of the green area of Amager Fælled.

Nordea Bank Copenhagen Nordea Bank Ørestad North Nordea Bank Denmark Nordea Bank Ørestad North Office Building
images © Henning Larsen Architects

The new building introduces a new medium scale in Ørestad – a street level connecting the large buildings of the district and the characteristic landscape of Amager Fælled. To the south, the building is characterised by a sophisticated, sloping park landscape and to the north by an open ground floor and tile facades on the lower floors.

“Nordea’s new building interacts with the city, opens up and invites for activity at different levels. It will be a place in the city that offers activity inside as well as outside”, explains Design Director Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects.

The citation from the jury states that the proposal of Henning Larsen Architects “relates to the urban context and in all ways constitutes a beautifully designed and convincing office building. The proposal is innovative and challenges the surroundings and Nordea Bank, but also to a certain degree represents a both recognisable and robust architecture.”

Stage one covering a total of 40,000 m2 consists of two light, sculptural buildings placed on a base. The architectural concept reflects the functionality of the buildings. Thus, the effective office floors are all placed on top of the base, while the shared, outward functions are placed at street level.

”We are proud to continue our collaboration with Nordea. I also worked on Nordea Bank’s headquarters in Copenhagen, which we designed in the late 1990’s. This is a building that we often use as a reference project”, says Louis Becker. “The new building provides Nordea’s employees with the best opportunities to produce results in an inspiring and modern work environment. With good, natural daylight conditions, we not only create a warm, open and bright environment, but also a sustainable statement that will set new standards in Denmark.”

Nordea Bank’s new office building in Ørestad North will achieve the highest LEED certification and will house 1,800-2,200 employees. According to plan, it will be ready for inauguration in 2016.

Nordea Bank Copenhagen – Building Information

Title: Nordea Bank
Location: Ørestad North, Copenhagen
Client: Nordea Properties
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
Workspace design: Signal Architects
Landscape architect: SLA
Consulting engineer: COWI
Gross floor area: 40,000 m2 (stage 0ne – with opportunity for additionally 30,000 m2 in a later stage)
Construction period: 2013-16
Type of assignment: 1st prize in invited competition

Team at Henning Larsen Architects:
Design: Louis Becker (responsible partner), Kostas Poulopoulos (architectural design manager), Søren Øllgaard (architectural design manager), Julian Chen, Brandon Hall, Anders Park (project manager), Blanca Ulzurrun, Ingela Larsson, Marie Hildebrand Frederiksen, Morten Krog and Per Ebbe Hansson

Sustainability concept: Signe Kongebro, Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Erik Folke Holm-Hansson, Philip Johansen and Lise Manfeldt Faurbjerg

Illustrations: Christian Schjøll, Wesam Asali and Hung-Kai Liao

Nordea Bank Copenhagen design : Henning Larsen Architects

Website: Nordea Bank Ørestad – project post by Henning Larsen Architects


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