The latest architectural venture of IKEA has recently gone public, as they disclose to the world their aspirations for the projected Malmo complex. Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, based in Denmark, was awarded the responsibility, after IKEA opted for their proposal over three other rival bids, comprising the Swedish business’ competition. Encompassing a 25,000 sq m Global Meeting Centre, a headquarters for IKEA services, offices, and a Hotel, it’s assured to provide an important presence in the midst of the city. On the bid’s worth, Malmö City and IKEA expressed a great excitement about the proposal’s ability to compliment IKEA’s informal and innovative spirit, as well as highlighting the new port of Malmö in Svågertorp.
The Global Meeting Centre, office building and hotel is envisioned as a building complex that will achieve its high ambition for sustainability. The buildings are designed with an integrated sustainable strategy, which is going to be developed in cooperation with IKEA and optimised through the design process, with the goal of achieving the company’s ‘most green’ building to date.
The Global Meeting Centre and office building is designated to be a large and, importantly, informal work haven. Incorporated into the structure will be specialist skylights ideal for placement of solar cells, which will additionally help to minimise the need for artificial lighting. Office floors are conceptualised as being free, open spaces, providing optimal contact between each level, via several staggered openings. The main architectural feature is a set of two dynamic staircases, intended to embrace and promote interaction and diversity, allowing employees to share knowledge and learn from each other, in a formal or informal capacity. This nurturing, rewarding environment, will be realised largely through the adaptation and flexibility applied to the open spaces.