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Swedbank Headquarters, Stockholm, Sweden

Friday 23 May 2014
 

45,000 sq m HQ opens in Stockholm

 
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Simplicity and transparency abound at new 3XN-designed Swedbank Headquarters 


This week, a new 3XN-designed headquarters for Swedbank was inaugurated in Landsvägen, Sundbyberg. An estimated 2,500 employees will move into the 45,000 sq m headquarters in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg, 5km from the city centre. The new Swedbank HQ has been designed as one of Sweden’s most modern and innovative office buildings, focusing on Scandinavian simplicity, transparency and dynamic social environments.

The design springs from Swedbank’s core values: openness, simplicity, care and durability. Thus, the architecture is based directly on the organisation’s profile as a solid, financially sound and modern bank, interpreted through 3XN’s philosophy on behaviour and architecture.

3XN’s Principal and Creative Director, 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 3XN’s design beliefs and ideology. It has been an extremely interesting process and we are very proud of the result."

With its innovative and transparent expression formed in an unconventional triple-v structure, 3XN hopes that the building will become a landmark amongst Swedish office buildings. The large volume required has been broken down to create spaces on a human scale to make the building inviting on the inside as well as on the outside.

"First and foremost, the triple-v solution means that the employees are located closer to each other on undisturbed working islands than in a traditional office wing. This contributes to shorter distances, good internal communication, visual contact and knowledge sharing between departments," explains Herforth Nielsen.

The implementation of an open plan office, and thus a new type of work culture and work identity, has been integrated into the architectural design and the main idea behind the building. The two lower floors contain a restaurant, conference facilities and a reception area. Their open glass facades emphasise their semi-public functions and Swedbank’s openness to its surroundings. This results in a building and a bank that will be an active and valuable contribution to the area and its residents.

Credits

Architect: 3XN
Client: Humlegården Fastigheter
Tenant: Swedbank
Engineer: P O Andersson Konstruktionsbyrå AB, Ikkab, Hillstatik
Landscape architect: LAND Arkitektur AB
Interior decoration: Tengbom (3XN has been responsible for the foyer, the restaurant and café)

Key Facts

Client Humlegaarden Fastigheder
Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
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