3XN designs sleek headquarters for Swedbank focusing on transparency, simplicity and dynamic social environments
Behind the classic design for Swedbank's New International Headquarters is the Danish Architect 3XN in collaboration with Humlegården Fastigheter, representing the property owner Länsförsäkringar Liv. By the end of 2013 no less than 2,500 employees of Swedbank will be moved into the innovative building at Sundbyberg Stad near Stockholm, designed with direct reference to Swedbank’s core values; openness, simplicity, care and durability.
3XN’s Principal Kim Herforth Nielsen explains: “The building is conceived and designed from the inside out. We have literally translated Swedbank’s core values into the creation of a modern and groundbreaking head office. Swedbank has conveyed the importance it places on creating an open social environment, which happens to coincide with 3XNs design beliefs and ideology. It has been a very interesting process and we look forward to getting to work on the project.”
With its innovative and transparent expression formed in an unconventional triple-v structure the building has been designed to become a landmark among Swedish office buildings. The large volume is broken up to create spaces on a human scale in an attempt to make the building inviting on the inside as well as on the outside. The new head office is situated at Sundbyberg; a rapidly developing and dynamic traffic centre 5km outside the centre of Stockholm.
3XN is currently working on a number of other projects in and around Stockholm. Kim Herforth Nielsen continues: “At the moment there is a really good energy in the Swedish building industry. We can also feel a great interest for Danish architecture as we are building a high rise residential building in Vällingby and we have other exciting projects on the way, says Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN.” The construction of Swedbank’s new head office is expected to be finished by the end of 2013.