White Architect's spectacular Stockholm office is the place to work
In the city block Katsan, at the western end of the North Hammarby docks in Stockholm White architects have designed an office building for themselves. The city block is part of the plan for Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s new residential precinct in what was previously industrial docklands in Stockholm. The new office lies in a spectacular urban landscape where the horizontality of the Skanstull bridges extend over the site and together with the Hammarby locks, the gateway to Lake Mälaren, form the backdrop to the site.The building has an uncomplicated external form: a long and narrow rectangular glass box. The facade consists of a light metal cladding with glazing. On the roof, set back from the facade, is a timber volume with adjacent terrace landscaping. On the quay level an opening through the middle punctures the building. Here is the building’s main entrance, which can also be reached from the opposite side by a pedestrian bridge three storeys up.
The project has embraced high environmental demands. Despite the glazed facades low energy consumption is maintained. Climate is controlled by use of the building’s thermal mass. Water is led through plastic piping cast insitu on the floor slab thus increasing the cooling capacity of the building mass. This energy contribution is by and large free as it comes from the adjacent canal.
The project has received a numeral of architectural prizes. It was also nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.